Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson: Nothing must be allowed

Barry Devonside and Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said nothing should be allowed to get in the way of the families of the 96 Hillsborough victims getting the justice they have battled for for more than 23 years.
Speaking after some of the families gave evidence to MPs at the Home Affairs Committee in parliament, Bill Esterson welcomed Attorney General Dominic Grieves' application for fresh inquests into the deaths of all 96 victims.
The Sefton Central Labour MP said the original inquests, which recorded a verdict of 'accidental death', had got it "horribly wrong".
Bill said: "There is no denying now, more than 23 years after the tragedy, that the coroner got it horribly wrong when he returned a verdict of accidental death on the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
"The coroner got it horribly wrong when he decided that there would be a 3.15pm cut off point. And for more than two decades the establishment got it horribly wrong by not taking to task those responsible for this tragedy and those who deliberately covered it up."
When the Hillsborough Panel released its damning report into the disaster, Bill said "long road for truth was over".
The MP said "the Attorney General's application to hold fresh inquests into the 96 deaths was the fist giant step in the long road for justice".
Bill said: "We all know the truth now. We all know that the fans in no way caused the tragedy. These were lies which were used to cover up the true cause of the disaster.
"Today we have heard some of the families tell the Home Affairs Committee some of the shocking facts behind this tragedy.
"By calling for fresh inquests, the Attorney General is acknowledging not only that justice wasn't done all those years ago, but that a grave injustice was done.
"I'd like to congratulate the families, in particular Barry Devonside and the other families from my constituency who have never given up the fight for justice.

"The fight isn't over, but we are a great leap closer to finally getting justice for all of the Hillsborough victims."

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