Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson welcomes news the governm

Barry Devonside and Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has welcomed news that the government is going to finally release Cabinet Office documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy.


The government is expected to release the papers to the public in June next year.

Bill, who spoke at the historic Hillsborough debate in Parliament in October, said it was about time the documents were released.

During the October debate, Bill quoted from the heart-rending account from the day of the disaster of Formby father Barry Devonside whose teenage son Christopher died in the crush.

Bill said: "People like Barry and his wife Jackie and the family and friends of all of the 96 victims who lost their lives at Hillsborough deserve to finally have the truth about what happened on that day.

"The Cabinet Office papers, which includes the discussions which were had by Margaret Thatcher, her Ministers and her aides are part of getting to the truth.

"None of us know what the documents will reveal, but they need to be made available initially to the independent Hillsborough panel and also the public so there is full transparency on a matter where people have so far been far from transparent.

"There were 18 people from Sefton who lost there lives at Hillsborough. It is for them, their families and for all of the 96 victims who died on that dreadful day that these documents must be released.

"We can no longer accept the underhanded suppression of the truth by the authorities and that includes the government."

Bill said it is about time the "veil of secrecy" surrounding Hillsborough was removed.

 
Bill said: "All of the families need to know all of the facts. They need to see all of the documents unredacted. They need and they deserve all of the answers that they want.

"The Hillsborough disaster was not an accident. There were major police failings on the day. And there was a major cover-up which has gone on for more than two decades since.

"This was a conspiracy to pervert the cause of justice. For 22 years the families have been put through the torture of having to constantly hear the public misinformation which time and again has found its way in the national media.

"It is time we ended the families' torture and finally allowed the 96 to rest in peace by ensuring the full disclosure of all documents and information which the families need to see."