Steve Reacts to Hillsborough Inquest Application(October 16, 2012)
Liverpool MP, Steve Rotheram has responded to the news that the Attorney General has submitted an application to the High Court for a new inquest into the deaths of 96 men, women and children at Hillsborough disaster on April 15 1989.
“Following the publication of the truth in the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report, today marks one of the biggest steps forward in the fight for justice for the families in 23 years.
“The undeniable fact is that the original inquest was unsound and this application, if successful, will mean that evidence will be able to be heard after the 3.15pm cut off imposed by the original Coroner in the 1989 inquests.
“For the first time in over two decades, all the evidence can now be reviewed into the disaster and potentially a new verdict recorded on the death certificates of the deceased.
“At long last, the full horror of Hillsborough will be on the public record alongside the names of the people and the organisations that are accountable for what happened.”
“The families’ heartache has been well documented but what is less well known is that some families have refused to pick up the death certificates of their loved ones who died on that day.
“I made clear when I became an MP that for as long as I represented Liverpool and the continued fight for truth and justice for the 96, I would never accept the verdict of accidental death on the death certificates. Today’s announcement provides us with the possibility for different verdicts which the families have always believed should have reflected the unlawful killing of their loved ones.
“There is no guarantee that the High Court will accept the Attorney General’s application but I am confident that the British judicial system will not allow one of the greatest injustices of the 20th century to perpetuate any longer.
“With the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel last month, the IPCC launching their investigation last week and now the Attorney General’s announcement today, the momentum is well and truly behind the fight for justice.”