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UK government to release Hillsborough disaster files

UK government to release Hillsborough disaster files
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British members of Parliament this week backed a motion calling for full discloser of all documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

Triggered by an online petition signed by 140,000 people, the Commons approved the motion tabled by backbench MPs without a vote.

Home secretary Theresa May promised the truth for the victims and their families.

‘‘Let me say here and now, in this house and on the record, that as Home Secretary I will do everything in my power to ensure that the families and the public get the truth.”

May added all papers would be completely uncensored but it would be for an independent panel to judge what was finally published.

The day’s outcome was welcome news for the families of the victims.

Trevor Hicks, the president of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, who lost two daughters at the match said: “I think its the first time I’ve ever seen both sides of the House agreeing and saying very positive things. And it bodes well for the future. I have to temper that a little bit of course with what’s happened in the past. I think it’s a good day for parliament if I may say that.”

In 1989 Hillsborough was the scene of the deadliest stadium-related disaster in British history.

In total 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at the Leppings Lane end of the venue during an FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.

As a result of the disaster officials banned standing terraces at all major football stadia in both England and Scotland.