Over 40 people gathered at short notice outside the Morrison’s store in Maghull on Saturday morning to protest about the company’s national promotional offer with The Sun newspaper.
There has been anger across Merseyside as Morrison’s have struck a deal with The Sun encouraging people to use a voucher from the paper when doing their weekly shop.
Morrison’s has been approached nationally and locally to ask that the promotion is not run, particularly on Merseyside due to the sensitivities in the area after The Sun newspaper just four days after the Hillsborough disaster, while families and communities were suffering the pain and anguish of losing so many, set out to spread vile and hurtful lies about Liverpool supporters. They have continually failed to properly take responsibility for their disgusting smears.
The recent publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report findings has proved without doubt that Liverpool fans were not to blame for the deaths of 96 fans, of which 18 came from the Borough of Sefton.
The demonstration called by the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly was peaceful and good natured. This included people who had lost family members at Hillsborough, Steve Rotheram MP, a number of Maghull Town councillors and trade unionists.
Cllr Mike Jones from Maghull Town Council said: “The response from customers was fantastic with nearly everyone stopping to take posters and wearing the stickers that we handed out. Of the hundreds of people I spoke to, nearly everyone said they have never bought The Sun or said they never would. Many potential customers turned away and said they would not be shopping at Morrison’s ever again if they continued with the promotion with The Sun on Merseyside. It proves that the boycott of the paper is as strong as ever in
Mike Jones went on to say: “The staff and the store manager were very courteous towards the protesters. Protesters were told that the store sells less than 15 copies of the paper each day and sometimes less. Therefore the promotion Morrison’s is running at the store is irrelevant and not what customers want.”
As people demonstrated outside the Morrison’s in Maghull they were informed that all promotional references to The Sun had been removed from the store. An appeal from protesters went out to all stores across Merseyside and Lancashire for Morrison’s to cease with this promotion in the area before they lose more customers and action outside their stores escalates.