Speaking after the announcement of the Hillsborough Inquiry jury’s verdicts on the 14 questions they were asked to consider, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Today’s verdict that the 96 Hillsborough victims were unlawfully killed is the first step towards justice.
“This is a landmark day in the fight for justice for the 96 who died at Hillsborough, their families and their friends.
“Righting the wrongs of previous inquiries that dismissed the truth.
“The jury’s verdict reiterated the truth of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report and the truth it revealed. The absolute and resounding vindication of the Liverpool FC fans and their conduct that was so disgustingly misrepresented for far too many years.
“In these verdicts there is finally a recorded judgement on the failures of the responsible agencies, whether police, ambulance services or all those responsible for stadium safety.
“Following this inquest the criminal investigations will continue and it is here that the ultimate justice for the 96 will be served, but for now the fight for that justice for the 96 will continue.”