Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson calls for full disclosure

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has added his name to a campaign calling on The Sun newspaper to finally reveal 'The Truth' about Hillsborough and for the newspaper's editor at the time of the tragedy Kelvin MacKenzie to make an unreserved apology.

Bill, who spoke at the historic Hillsborough debate in Parliament last week, said the newspaper had a duty to reveal its sources behind the outrageous claims it printed about Liverpool fans in the days immediately following the disaster.

The government last week confirmed that it would release all of the Cabinet documents from the time relating to Hillsborough, after more than 140,000 people signed an online petition demanding full disclosure.

Bill added his name to an epetition calling for full disclosure from The Sun as well as an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons. The EDM reads: That this House supports David Hawkins' e-petition which calls on The Sun newspaper to provide full disclosure of all its records including the sources of information and documents which relate to The Truth story published on 19th April 1989; calls on Kelvin MacKenzie to make a full and unreserved apology for this untrue story which his newspaper published; and calls on all media outlets to refuse to engage him professionally until he has done so.

Bill said it was time the full truth was disclosed for the sake of the families.

Bill said: "For too long the families of the 96, 18 of whom were from right here in Sefton, have not had all of the facts relating to the tragic deaths of their loved ones.

"Now we are getting somewhere with the government, it is time The Sun newspaper made amends for the pain and heartache it caused all those years ago - and still causes today. The Sun must reveal who started the malicious lies about the Liverpool fans. Only when we know that will we be able to find out why they did it and what were they trying to hide.

"This is the least they can do."

Bill also said it was about time Kelvin MacKenzie apologised for "contemptible" coverage of the disaster.

Bill said: "Kelvin MacKenzie must now realise his grave error of judgement when he published those disgraceful unfounded and inaccurate stories about Hillsborough.

"He has heard numerous official reports from the time and since which make clear that the Liverpool fans acted with honour, dignity and respect as the tragedy unfolded. Many even acted heroically as they worked to get people to safety and help in injured and dying.

"It is time he did the decent thing and apologised for the pain he caused.

"Until he does, it is only right and proper that all media outlets refuse to engage him professionally.

"It is time we all heard the truth about Hillsborough and the cynical cover up that followed."