Following the Hillsborough inquest verdicts on 26th April, Merseyside MPs came together to issue a joint statement to welcome the determination that the Liverpool supporters were unlawfully killed. The ruling finally brought justice to the victims, their friends and families, all the campaigners and the Merseyside community. Read the full statement below.
Joint statement by Merseyside MPs on the Hillsborough verdict
Following the Hillsborough verdict, whilst recognising that the decision has come years too late for many, justice has been served by the verdicts and now it is about accountability.
We recognise that it has taken the determination of families, friends and supporters of the victims to ensure that justice has been achieved.
We want to pay tribute to the hard work and determination of those who fought every step of the way to achieve this outcome which has been against all the odds.
We are also grateful to them, that in fighting for justice for the victims, their determination to show that fans did not in any way contribute to the deaths of their fellow supporters has also been fully and unequivocally vindicated.
We will also push to ensure anyone who is found to be responsible for any action that resulted in or caused, or covered up the reasons for, the deaths of so many people should face the full force of law.
We hope that the verdict, 27 years after that terrible day on 15 April 1989, will be of some comfort to the loved ones of those whose deaths could have been avoided.
Luciana Berger Liverpool, Wavertree
Peter Dowd Bootle
Angela Eagle Wallasey
Maria Eagle Garston and Halewood
Louise Ellman Liverpool, Riverside
Bill Esterson Sefton Central
Frank Field Birkenhead
Margaret Greenwood Wirral West
George Howarth Knowsley
Conor McGinn St Helens North
Alison McGovern Wirral South
John Pugh Southport
Marie Rimmer St Helens South and Whiston
Steve Rotheram Liverpool, Walton
Derek Twigg Halton
Stephen Twigg Liverpool, West Derby