Concerning Freedom of Information, Press Accountability and Governmental transparency12:37 am - 10/18/2011
Home Secretary Theresa May insisted the Government was committed to disclosing the full facts surrounding the 1989 Hillsborough stadium football disaster (in which 96 people lost their lives).
The prime minister has been called on to apologise for failures surrounding the Hillsborough disaster.
MP Steve Rotheram, who opened a Commons debate on the release of papers relating to the tragedy, said there had been a campaign to blame fans.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the government supported the release of all documents, including Cabinet papers.
Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium in April 1989.
The debate was sparked by 140,000 people signing an e-petition.
Mr Rotheram, whose Walton constituency includes Anfield, said David Cameron had apologised to the victims of Bloody Sunday and called on him to do the same for those affected by Hillsborough.
"I call on the prime minister to make a statement in this house and apologise for the mistakes that were made and the mishandling of this whole tragedy on behalf of a previous government," he said.
"It is claimed that truth is the first casualty of war, but the same can be said of Hillsborough.
"Misdirection, obfuscation and damned lies were all used as smokescreens to deflect attention away from the guilty.
"Institutional complacency and gross negligence, coupled with an establishment cover-up, have added to the sense that this was an orchestrated campaign to shift blame from those really responsible on to the shoulders of Liverpool fans."
Contextual links and info:
Hillsborough families call on the Sun to reveal sources of disaster story
Sun story HERE
Heartfelt parliamentary speeches by Steve Rotheram MP (Liverpool Walton), Andy Burnham MP (Leigh) and the tail end of Alison McGovern MP (Wirral South)'s appeal.
Mods, this concerns an incident that is very locally political, but the issues raised by the investigation of the disaster are wholly universal.
The parliamentary debate today is also one of the first examples of a debate brought about by the will of the people - 140,000 people signed the government e-petition to force the debate. Yay democracy in action!