Labour MP Bill Esterson backs Crosby Hillsborough victim family'

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with mother and brother of Hillsborough victim Stephen Robinson, Rose and Paul Robinson.


Sefton Central Labour MP BIll Esterson met with the family of a Crosby victim of the Hillsborough tragedy this week to support their calls for West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Norman Bettison to be investigated for his role in the cover up after the disaster.
 
Bill met with the family of Stephen Robinson who was one of 96 people who died as as a result of the crush at the football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.
 
Eighteen people from Sefton lost their lives.
 

Norman Bettison was the officer in charge of the liaison unit and became Merseyside Chief Constable before his present job in West Yorkshire. He has announced his retirement in March.

 
But Stephen Robinson's brother Paul and and mother Rose Robinson want him to be prosecuted for his role in hiding the truth about what happened at Hillsborough.

Rose also wants to see the video which was shown to MPs in 1989 at a House of Commons meeting. The video was part of the cover up and appeared to back up police claims about what happened on the day.

Bill Esterson met with Paul and Rose and has agreed to help try to find the video. He is also supporting calls for Mr Bettison to be held to account. 
 
Bill said: “Now that the families have been vindicated with the publication of the Hillsborough Panel Report, it is vital that all the evidence is made publicly available and that those who hid the truth are brought to book for their role in the cover up. 
 
"Michael Mansfield QC described Hillsborough as the biggest miscarriage of justice in British history. Now that the truth has finally been admitted, the families have a right to see exactly what was done and by whom.”

Rose also told the MP that she wants to see a new inquest. 
 
Bill said: “Like other families, Rose and Paul want a new inquest to be held so that the reasons for Stephen’s death are formally acknowledged and so that criminal charges can be brought against those who took the decisions which caused his death. 
 
"The families, the survivors and all those who have supported them need to know the full truth and my colleagues and I in parliament will be doing all we can to help them.”
 

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