PM's apology to Chester mum over Hillsborough


Jim Green

CITY MP Stephen Mosley has spoken about the release of previously unseen documents about the Hillsborough disaster on behalf of Chester families affected by the tragedy.

Yesterday the Hillsborough Independent Panel published its report into the 1989 stadium disaster in which 96 football fans died.

The report found flaws in the way the police handled the tragedy and Prime Minister David Cameron apologised to the families of those who died.

Chester mother Anne Williams, of Newton, lost her 15-year-old son Kevin in the tragedy and has long campaigned for a new inquest into his death after original inqust ruled he died accidentally.

Former Queen’s Park High School pupil Henry Rogers, 17, was also killed and his parents believe his brother Adam, who survived the crush, died six months later of a broken heart.

Mr Mosley said: “Today is a crucial day for all of those who were so sadly affected by the events at Hillsborough and who have embarked on a 23 year struggle to discover the truth about what happened to their loved ones.

“My thoughts are with all of the survivors of the disaster and the families of those who were tragically lost. I hope today signals the beginning of the final chapter of their search for justice.”

The independent panel published documents from about 80 organisations, including the government, police, emergency services, Sheffield City Council and the South Yorkshire coroner.

Speaking in the House of Commons Prime Minister David Cameron offered an unreserved apology to the families of the Hillsborough victims.

He said: “The new evidence that we’re presented with today makes clear in my view that these families have suffered a double injustice; the injustice of the appalling events, the failure of the state to protect their loved ones, and the indefensible wait to get the truth, and then the injustice of the denigration of the deceased – that they were somehow at fault for their own deaths.

“So on behalf of the government, and indeed our country, I am profoundly sorry that this double injustice has been left uncorrected for so long.”

Mr Mosley asked the Prime Minister if he would now urge attorney general Dominic Grieve to consider granting Mrs Williams’ wish of a new inquest into her son’s death.

He said: “She has had several requests to the attorney general turned down and been as far as the European Court of Human Rights in the past. Now that the Independent Panel’s Report has been published, would he encourage the attorney general to look favourably into ordering a new inquest into Kevin’s death?”

Mr Cameron offered his condolences to Mrs Williams and all the families affected by Kevin’s death.

He said: “His death was one of the many that was originally dealt with in this single inquest, and as I have said, now that this report has come out, the opportunity is there for the attorney general to study the evidence and to make that recommendation to the High Court that I know so many, like Mrs Williams, want to see.”

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