Chester MP Stephen Mosley has spoken of his delight after the Attorney General announced in Parliament that he is to apply to have the original inquests into the deaths of 96 people at Hillsborough quashed.
The decision comes following the recent publication of the Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which concluded that the inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims were fundamentally flawed.
Based upon the Attorney General’s application, it will be for the High Court to determine whether new inquests are necessary or desirable in the interests of justice.
In a written statement laid before the House of Commons the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC, said:
“Given the anxiety further delay may cause the families affected by the Hillsborough Disaster, I have decided to take an exceptional course and state at this stage that, on the basis of what I have already seen, I have determined that I must make an application to the Court.
“My current view is that I will apply to have every one of those 96 inquests quashed. I believe that these deaths, arising as they do from a common chain of events, should all be considered afresh.
“However, before reaching any final view on the scope of the application, I want to give the families affected the opportunity to make any representations in respect of the family member or members they lost. I will therefore be in contact with each family seeking views.”
Chester’s MP, Stephen Mosley, has been a strong advocate for new inquests to be ordered since his election to the House of Commons in 2010.
In February 2012, Stephen was granted a debate in Parliament to highlight the circumstances surrounding the death of Kevin Williams, whose mother Anne Williams lives in Chester, and to persuade the Attorney General that new inquests are a necessity in the interests of Justice.
Speaking from the Houses of Parliament, Mr Mosley said:
“I am absolutely delighted with this announcement by the Attorney General. He deserves an enormous amount of credit for the speed in which he has made this decision and I have no doubt that his words will have been warmly welcomed by all of the families of the 96 victims of Hillsborough.
“There is no doubt that the original inquests were simply wrong, based on wholly incorrect information.
“Following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s Report, the Courts are now in possession of the facts of what happened that day and at long last the families are edging closer to the truth about what happened to their loved ones.”
Further to the Attorney General’s announcement, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has recently announced that it is to conduct an investigation into the role that the Police played in the aftermath of the disaster.