MP Bill Esterson says justice must finally be done as Parliament

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson says "justice needs to finally be done" after it was confirmed today that there would be a Parliamentary debate into the death of Hillsborough victim Kevin Williams.

Bill asked the Back Bench Business Committee to hold a debate and to have a vote on holding a new inquest. Despite initially failing to get Parliamentary time for the debate, it has today been announced that a debate will be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday, February 22. 

Fifteen-year-old Kevin, from Formby, 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. 

Also under the spotlight is the refusal of those in charge of the match to give the order to help people escape from the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace. In fact evidence from some witnesses suggests that police officers were told to stop people climbing out of the pens, a decision which may have added to the death toll. 

By giving a 3.15pm cut off for all the victims, the coroner accepted that any mistakes made on the day did not contribute to the number of people who died. Anne and other campaigners argue that to have justice for Kevin and for other people who died, that time needs to be reviewed so that the other decisions can be examined in detail.

Bill said he was hopeful that the MPs' debate would be the first step in getting Kevin's mum Anne and his family justice.

Bill said: "This has been a long time coming, but we have at last managed to get this issue debated in Parliament.

"More than 100,000 people put their names to the campaign calling for the debate on the government's own website. It is right a proper that that debate is given time in the House of Commons.

"Anne and the rest of the Williams family have been through a 23 year long battle for justice for Kevin.

"Anne has met people who tried to help Kevin well after the 3.15 cut off given by the coroner. Anne needs a new inquest so that she can get justice for Kevin. She and the other families need to hear the truth about whether decisions taken on the day contributed to the death of their loved ones.

"I will be fighting to ensure that this debate is the beginning of the end in the long campaign for the truth and that justice is finally done for the families of all 96 people who died at Hillsborough.” 

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