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Hillsborough disaster: MPs sign motion over Sun sources

Category: England

Published: 20th Oct 2011 10:06:07

Forty four MPs have signed a Commons motion calling on The Sun to release all records relating to its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

Ninety-five Liverpool fans died in the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium on 15 April 1989.

The Sun's coverage in the aftermath of the tragedy claimed Liverpool fans had stolen from the dead and urinated on victims. It later apologised.

The MPs' motion follows an e-petition, which has attracted 25,000 signatures.

The motion supports the petition and calls on the editor at the time, Kelvin MacKenzie, to make a "full and unreserved apology" for the story headlined "The Truth" on 19 April 1989.

It also called on "all media outlets to refuse to engage him professionally" until he has apologised.

An independent inquiry into the tragedy, led by Lord Chief Justice Taylor, established that the main cause was a failure of police crowd control.

A Commons debate was held on Monday evening following a previous e-petition calling for the government to disclose all documents relating to the disaster and its aftermath.

It attracted 140,000 signatures and the Commons backbench committee agreed a debate should be held.

During the debate, Home Secretary Theresa May re-affirmed the government's position that all documents - including cabinet papers - would be released, via the independent panel. Cabinet papers are usually subject to a 30-year rule.

The independent panel is expected to report next year.

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