Launch of Sun on Sunday in same week as Parliamentary debate int

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson slammed News International for "crass insensitivity" for launching the new Sunday edition of the Sun in the week that Parliament finally debates the death of Formby teenager Kevin Williams at the Hillsborough tragedy.

Bill successfully lobbied for the Parliamentary debate into the death of Kevin Williams whose mum Anne has been campaigning tirelessly for a full inquest into the death of her son.

Fifteen-year-old Kevin is one of the 96 people who died at the 1989 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 held.

The Parliamentary debate is finally to be heard in Westminster Hall at 2.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday, February 22).
 
Bill said the decision by News International to launch the Sun on Sunday in the same week was "yet another insult to the Hillsborough families".
 
Bill said: "The vast majority of people in this area were either directly affected by the Hillsborough tragedy or they knew families who lost someone.

"Eighteen people from Sefton lost their lives at Hillsborough. Sefton and Merseyside won't forget the way the Sun made up stories about the dead and about distraught relatives. 
 
"People across Merseyside will never forgive the Sun for its front page lies. 
 
"The Sun, its owners, News International and those who lied about what happened that day can never be forgiven by anyone who cares about those who died, about those who lost family and friends and about those who tried to help. These are the people who were scarred by the trauma of the terrible events at Hillsborough. 

"The Sun, its management and its owners hurt the families and this community. 

"In the week that we are finally having a debate in Parliament to discuss the death of Kevin Williams from Formby, I think it is insensitive to the extreme for News International to launch its Sunday edition of the paper.

"But the Sun is a paper I wouldn't buy any day of the week, and I am sure most people in this region feel the same."