We can never do anything to take away the pain of the families of the 96 loss but we can begin to heal the pain of injustice, it’s long overdue but it’s time for the truth was the plea from West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper during the Hillsborough debate in the House of Commons on Monday.
Rosie spoke in the emotionally charged debate calling for the full disclosure of all government-related documents unredacted, including Cabinet minutes, into the public domain. Rosie joined colleagues from across Merseyside, the North West and from across the political divide all unanimous in their support for this motion. Unanimous in their call for Justice for the 96.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said
"For 22 years the Hillsborough Family Support Group have fought with great dignity and persistence to get to the truth of what happened on the 15th April 1989 at Hillsborough. It was incredibly emotional and moving to be in the Commons chamber speaking out on this issue with the families of the 96 watching from the public gallery. Never more so than when Steve Rotheram read out the names and ages of each of the 96 whom lost their lives.
"I want to give a heartfelt thank you to each every constituent who has contacted me to express their support on Hillsborough. A specific thank you to those who attended the game; and shared with me their experiences of that day. I know it could not have been easy to relive those events. It was my great privilege and honour to make their voices heard on this issue, and to do so, on the record in the House of Commons."
"It is for everyone who has been touched by the events at Hillsborough - the 96 who died, their families and friends, the survivors, those who took their own lives years later, for Liverpool fans and for all true football fans - that this debate had to happen.
"I do welcome the Home Secretary's commitment to ensure the full disclosure of the government-related documents on Hillsborough. It is appropriate that the families of the 96 get sight of these documents. For these documents to be made public is essential also for all those other people affected by Hillsborough for whom the strength of injustice is great; they too need and deserve to know the truth."
"I also support Steve Rotheram in his calls for the Prime Minister to make a public apology to the families of the 96 and everyone associated with Liverpool Football Club. The record needs to be set straight and the lies told about events on that day recognised as the lies they were. Lies the Government of the day were part of pedalling."
"After 22 years perhaps now we can finally begin to get justice for the 96."