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Steve Rotheram MP, Labour MP for Liverpool Walton, responding to the High Court’s decision to quash the original accidental deaths verdicts from the 1989 coroner’s inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough, said: 

“This verdict marks the beginning of the end of the Hillsborough disaster. At long last the families have achieved their ultimate goal which is to change the verdict on the death certificates.  

“The families have been an inspiration to Britain as they have fought their 23 year dignified campaign.  

“Now that the fresh inquests have been ordered, it would be wrong for the families to have to pay for a second inquest. They should not have to bear the financial penalty of the establishment’s mistakes in 1989.  

“The Chancellor should also take this opportunity to waive the VAT on the Justice Collective Hillsborough tribute single so that every single penny raised can support the families in the legal costs in the fight for justice.” 

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