Rosie Cooper MP welcomed assurances from Government Ministers that the Football Association will fall within the scope of any investigations on the Hillsborough tragedy.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was speaking in the Commons Debate on the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report. Published on 12 September 2012 the report finally revealed the full truth of what happened at Hillsborough on the 15th April 1989.
MP Rosie spoke out on the Football Association’s culpability that led to the disaster having chosen Hillsborough despite the serious safety failings and lack of a safety certificate. Rosie also highlighted concerns around missing witness statements given by survivors to West Midlands police during their investigation into South Yorkshire police. Questions were also raised about Sir Norman Bettison forfeiting his knighthood if he is found guilty of playing a role in South Yorkshire police’s efforts to blame fans for events on that day.
Speaking after the debate Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Whilst we now have the truth on Hillsborough true justice has still to be secured. I very much welcome the action taken following the report to quash the original inquest verdicts, for the Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry and the Director of Public Prosecution’s investigation.
“A number of West Lancashire constituents raised with me their concerns and questions having read the report. Many of these people went to the game that day, so this is a very personal issue for them, their families and their friends. It was important to me to give a voice to those questions.
“I very much welcome the Ministers assurances that the Football Association won’t escape the scrutiny of investigation. Ultimately, it was the Football Association who chose the ground, ignoring safety failings. They cannot shy away from their culpability and their responsibility. Since the report was published it seems as if the F.A. kept their head down in the hope that everyone will forget about them. Now the full extent of the true events at Hillsborough have been revealed, there is no hiding place for anyone involved.
“The news of my constituents missing witness statements to West Midlands police is very disturbing. It raises questions of whether other evidence has not been provided to the panel. For this reason I asked the Home Secretary to look into this matter. If your statement isn’t in the documents given to the Hillsborough panel, let me know as the Government has said it will follow this up.
“The truth of the Hillsborough disaster is a watershed moment in modern British history, when the institutions of government, police and media conspired to hide the truth of their own failings. There is still some way to go to secure justice for the 96 but that fight will go on.”