Rosie Cooper MP has welcomed the Attorney General’s application to the High Court for new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool FC fans at Hillsborough. Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC, announced the move in Parliament on Tuesday 16th October 2012. His statement comes only days after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) simultaneously announced inquiries into the events surrounding the tragic event of 1989.
The IPCC will launch the UK’s largest independent inquiry into the actions of the police. The investigation will consider allegations of misconduct by South Yorkshire police, West Midlands police and others arising from the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report.
The CPS will examine the potential for manslaughter charges in light of the new evidence and determine whether there is sufficient evidence to charge any individual or corporate body with any criminal offence.
The Attorney General announced he will apply to the High Court to have every one of the previous 96 inquest verdicts quashed. Mr Grieve’s decision was based on the evidence he had seen within the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report.
Speaking following the announcement by the Attorney General, MP Rosie said:
“The Independent Panel Report gave us the truth. Now what people are waiting for is justice.
“The record has to be put straight in light of the overwhelming body of evidence revealed by the Independent Panel. We now know that 41 lives could have potentially been saved.
“Attending the vigil on 12th September, the day the report was published, I felt the vindication among the families and the people after 23 long years.”
“There is still a long way to go until justice is done but these announcements are the first steps along that path.
“I have spoken about Hillsborough in Parliament before. Next Monday I will again speak out for the families in a debate with the Home Secretary.”