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UK Government Vows to Leave No Stone Unturned About Hillsborough Disaster

British Labour Party politician Steve Rotheram gave a passionate plea Monday to the House of Commons on the topic of the Hillsborough Disaster. The Liverpudlian MP, who was at Hillsborough on that fateful day in 1989, argued for the disclosure and publication of public documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster.

The debate was in response to an E-Petition, which collected more than 139,000 signatures to support a full disclosure of all government documents.

In a moving speech, Rotheram closed his opening remarks by reading out the names of each of the 96 who died resulting from the Hillsborough Disaster. The names of the men, women and children echoed through the chamber of the Houses of Commons — the first time these names have been read aloud in the lower house of the parliament of the United Kingdom.

In Rotheram’s speech, where he shared the truth about what happened, the MP reiterated what the Taylor Report had found, that there was no substance that ticketless fans caused the Hillsborough Disaster.

“As Home Secretary I will do everything in my power to ensure the [Hillsborough] families get the truth,” said British Home Secretary Theresa May. “No government papers will be withheld from the panel. No stone will be left unturned.”

The findings from the Hillsborough Independent Panel are expected to be revealed next year. Finally the truth will be revealed about what happened that day such as the what extent the government gave to the police strategy of blaming the supporters for the disaster, why the coroner instituted a 3:15pm cut-off time be established (where no evidence was heard after that time), and what was discussed in the secret cabinet meeting that was held within 24 hours after the disaster happened where then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her top-level figures gathered to discuss how to react to the tragedy.

Finally the sense of injustice that Liverpool supporters have felt for 22 years has been brought to light inside the British Parliament. When the complete wealth of documentation will be publicly shared next year, only then will we — the concerned citizens around the world — know the full truth of what happened on April 15, 1989.



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  1. Simon

    October 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I have been educated, thanks to this page by The Gaffer back in 2009

    I too was under the impression ticketless fans contributed to the disaster. I thought blood was on their hands and that every person who showed lack of patience by pushing and shoving to get in led to the death of their fellow fans.
    I was wrong.
    Of course, in hindsight, opening the large gates was a massive contributor. I do believe the police were overwhelmed by the situation and the stadium staff unprepared, similar to the Bradford fire disaster, but also that at the time the police did try to do what was best to avoid the crush outside of the ground.
    If only we could turn back the clock.

    Gaffer’s article and explanation quoting the Taylor report should be republished so others can learn, as I have.
    I hope Steven Cohen can also accept this.

    I feel a sense of satisfaction now knowing more about the incident and I hope following the new inquiry all the families of the victims can find their peace.
    RIP the 96. Heartfelt wishes to their families.
    Humble Chelsea fan.

    • The Gaffer

      October 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Simon. It takes a man to stand up and admit that he was wrong, so I sincerely appreciate your honesty and candor.

      More background about the Hillsborough Disaster can be found here, in a story I wrote in 2006:

      The Gaffer

    • YankRed7

      October 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you for showing The 96 the proper respect that they deserve. Your a stand up guy.

      If anyone else wants more information on what they can do check out The Hillsborough Justice Campaign

      Justice For The 96, Dont Buy the S*n

  2. gargoyle

    October 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Is it possible that the truth lies somewhere in between the extreme viewpoints that often seem to characterize the discussion of this awful event?

  3. Fernando

    October 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    It’s a disgrace that the UK government has left the families of the victims in the dark for so long.

    Numerous people have worked to prevent the truth from being told b/c the only people who were on that day were the people in power. I would hope they will be revealed as well.

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