Bill Esterson MP: 2012 was the year the Hillsborough families go

Bill Esterson and Barry Devonside


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said today's news that the original Hillsborough inquest had been quashed was the best Christmas present the families could have had - now he is looking forward to justice in the new year.  
The families' campaign to get the original inquest verdict of accidental death overturned was successful today.

Bill Esterson welcomed the decision as well as news that the Home Office was launching a fresh investigation into the disaster.

Bill said: "The families in Sefton Central I have spoken to just want the truth. That is what they have been campaigning for for more than 23 years.

"But it is the truth which they have been denied at each and every stage of the campaign.

"News that the original and flawed inquest verdict is to be quashed is great news as is the news that a new police inquest is to be held.

"2012 will be remembered as the year that the Hillsborough families finally started getting to the truth. We must ensure that 2013 is the year that they finally get justice.."

Bill said the investigation must be thorough and must ensure that justice can be done.

Bill said: "The Hillsborough Independent Panel exposed some shocking details about an establishment cover-up. The people responsible for that cover-up must be held to account.

"And the investigation must get to the bottom of the true causes which led to the deaths of 96 people.

"Only then will the families of the 96 who died, and the 18 from Sefton who lost their lives at Hillsborough, be able to move on with the rest of their lives.

"I am determined to continue to help them in every way that I can." 

Bill today also welcomed the Prime Minister’s statement that VAT on the Hillsborough CD would be waived.

Bill said: "The Prime Minister told the House of Commons that people on Merseyside would be pleased when my colleague George Howarth asked him to waive the VAT on the Hillsborough Justice Collective CD, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. This will mean more money is available for the families to spend on the legal costs which they will face at the new inquests and that can only be good news in the campaign for justice."

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