HILLSBOROUGH LAW: Theresa May calls on PM
Former prime minister Theresa May has asked Boris Johnson to "urgently look at" the ramifications for future public inquiries following the recent Hillsborough judgment.
The most recent criminal trial collapsed due to a technicality. Speaking in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said the government will certainly be looking at the case.
She said in the Commons: “In April 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough. Yet nobody has been successfully prosecuted for their part in those unlawful killings.
“The most recent trial collapsed because although it was accepted that police evidence had been altered, because it was evidence to a public inquiry it did not constitute perversion in the course of justice.
“Will [the Prime Minister] urgently look at the ramifications of this judgment for current and future public inquiries and ensure that in future people are given the justice that has been so crudely denied to the families of the Hillsborough 96?”
Responding, Mr Johnson said: “Of course the families of the 96 who died in the Hillsborough disaster and those who were injured have shown tremendous courage and determination.
“[Mrs May] raises a particular issue about the recent court case and asks for a review of the law and I can give her the assurance that we will always consider opportunities to review the law and how it operates if necessary and we will certainly be looking at the case she describes.”
The Public Authority Bill 2017 or as it's known the "Hillsborough Law" was sponsored by MPs from almost all parties and had its first reading in the House of Commons unopposed. The legislation would require public authorities to have 'a duty of candour' in legal processes and match legal funding provided to bodies such as the police and fire brigade. However, its progress was halted by the 2017 General Election and neither government since has seen fit to put it back on the parliamentary agenda.
It's now been revealed that over 600 people are being paid damages over a cover-up which followed the Hillsborough disaster. South Yorkshire and the West Midlands Police agreed to the settlement earlier this year after a civil case. The settlement could not be made public until the conclusion of the recent trial of two police officers and a solicitor.
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