Bill Esterson MP: Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams needs ju

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the governmnt is obliged to hold a debate and vote in parliament to force a new inquest into the death of Kevin Williams. 

The MP has written in the Mirror calling for the government to debate Kevin's death at Hillsborough 23 years ago.

Fifteen-year-old Kevin is one of the 96 people who died at the 1988 Hillsborough disaster and his mum Anne gained 115,000 signatures on a petition on the government website calling for a debate in parliament. 

The original inquest decided that all the victims were dead by 3.15pm on the day of the disaster,  but witnesses have told Anne that Kevin was very much alive until at least 4pm. 

Anne and many others who lost relatives and friends at Hillsborough have argued that the 3.15pm cut off was a convenient excuse to cover up mistakes made by the authorities on the day, notably the decision to prevent ambulances from going onto the pitch to give medical care. 

More than 100,000 people signed that petition and a number of MPs asked for a debate to be organised by the Back Bench Business Committee.

Yesterday, Bill and his fellow Labour MPs called for time in the House of Commons schedule to hold a vote to force a new inquest into Kevin's death.

T
the campaign missed out on a slot for a House of Commons debate because of a "lack of time".

The issue could still be debated in Westminster Hall, the second Commons chamber, but without a vote which could have forced the Government to press for a new inquest.

Writing for the Mirror, Bill said: "It seems to me that the government should not be asking the Back Bench Business Committee to find time for debates when it made a promise to let people have time in parliament if they gained 100,000 signatures on a petition.

"That is an issue for another day, but I will be pressing the government to hold a debate in the main House of Commons Chamber at some point.

"A number of my colleagues and I have applied for a debate in the second chamber of the House of Commons, Westminster Hall. A debate could be held there as early as next week. However, Westminster Hall is not the same as the House of Commons main chamber and there will not be a vote in Westminster Hall."

To read Bill's full Mirror article, click here.