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Steve Rotheram MP, Labour MP for Liverpool Walton, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s High Court verdict on the Hillsborough inquests, said: 

“The High Court hearing is the day that the families have fought almost a quarter of a century for. The opportunity to quash the original inquest verdicts of ‘accidental death’ seemed like an impossible task for 23 years. It is the moment they have waited over two decades for.

“After years of sleepless nights for the families as they tried desperately to take on the establishment, tonight may not be the last restless one they are forced to endure, but they will certainly sleep easier once new inquests are ordered.

“This is just the beginning of a process that will see one of the greatest injustices in the last century put right and those really responsible for Hillsborough held to account.

“We can only imagine the heartache and hope that the families must be feeling ahead of the hearing. Nothing will bring back their lost loved one, but finally they might get the chance to pick up the death certificates for their loved ones with an appropriate cause of death and move a little closer to achieving the ultimate goal of justice for the 96.”


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