“The announcement of prosecution decisions in the Hillsborough case marks another milestone in the long road to justice for a most dignified and tenacious group of victims who have been so outrageously treated for nearly three decades. Apart from the obvious tragedy of the deaths of 96 men, women and children played out before TV cameras, the fact that it was followed by flawed investigative and judicial processes has and should shock us all.”

Pete Weatherby QC, who leads the team representing 22 of the bereaved Hillsborough families, took part in a series of media interviews to provide his views on what urgent steps need to be taken next.  You can view and listen to these interviews by clicking on the links below:

Independent comment piece 

BBC News

5 Live Drive (go to 1:12:05)

BBC Radio Merseyside (go to 01.44)

Key points from Pete Weatherby’s interviews are outlined below.

  • The 22 families for the urgent publication of the Bishop of Liverpool’s long-awaited legacy report which was delivered to Theresa May and the Home Secretary two weeks ago. This was the report requested by Theresa May the day after the inquest conclusions.
  • The families hope that the Bishop will strongly endorse their draft Hillsborough Law – the Public Authorities (Accountability) Bill 2017 – which has already been before the House of Commons on an unopposed first reading. 
  • The Hillsborough Law requires public authorities and public officials and public-facing private entities to come clean about their role in disasters. It requires them to make full disclosure, to admit failures and to cooperate fully with police and other investigations, inquiries and inquests. It provides a “toolbox” for victims to enforce these duties through the courts and backstop criminal offences where there is wilful failure to discharge the duty. It supports ordinary public officials standing up to senior officers and managers, in refusing to go along with obfuscation and cover-ups. And importantly it provides a level playing field for victims and families to obtain legal advice and representation of the same standing as the public authorities involved. 
  • The families want the Hillsborough Law to go forward with cross-party support if at all possible before another group of victims suffer the same issues and indignities as did the Hillsborough families.
  • What was needed at Hillsborough and what is now needed at Grenfell is a swift and transparent and wide inquiry, with the full involvement of the bereaved and the survivors, to urgently determine what needs to be done to prevent it happening again, how it was allowed to happen and who is responsible.