MP calls for Hillsborough Law to ensure justice for victims and families

MP calls for Hillsborough Law to ensure justice for victims and families

by Henry James (June 2021)

LABOUR MP for Sefton Central, Bill Esterson has called for a new Hillsborough Law to ensure justice for victims and families.

The demand comes after the collapse of the most recent Hillsborough trial.

Mr Esterson called for the new law in the House of Commons during an opportunity for MPs to ask questions to the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland. He said it must include parity of legal funding for bereaved families as well as a duty of candour on public officials.

In response, Mr Buckland said he “paid tribute” to those who lost their lives, and the bereaved people who campaigned for a new trial, but instead said he “didn’t want to rush” any future decision.

Mr Esterson’s question in the House of Commons was as follows: “Thank you Mr Speaker. 96 people died at Hillsborough. 18 people from the Borough of Sefton.

“That included Kevin Williams. One of the youngest victims. His Mum, Anne, campaigned so hard to achieve the new inquest.

“Mr Speaker, no-one was held accountable despite the coroner’s verdict at that new inquest of unlawful killing. Instead, the bereaved families continue to be smeared to this day.

“The Justice Secretary said he was committed to changing the law. So, can I ask him how quickly he will introduce the Hillsborough Law?

“Will it deliver parity of legal funding for bereaved families? Will it include a duty of candour on public officials? In short, Mr Speaker, will it ensure no-one is ever denied justice in such a cruel way, ever again.”

Mr Buckland’s responded with: “Can I join the honourable gentleman in paying tribute to all those from the Borough of Sefton who lost their lives, and their families as well which he quite rightly refers to.

“Indeed, the campaigners in particular who in his constituency worked so hard for the inquest. I remember the people he talks about very, very well and I think most of us will do who follow the events very closely.

“I remember them with gratitude and honour.

“I won’t reiterate the points I’ve made Mr Speaker, and I refer him to the comments I gave a moment ago.

“I will simply say this. I want to get it right and I want to make sure that things are done as quickly as possible, and I don’t want to rush this and get it wrong in a way that frankly families will be once again let down by.”

 

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