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The House of Commons last night unanimously agreed to the "full disclosure" of all documents the government holds on the Hillsborough Disaster.

The House of Commons last night unanimously agreed to the "full disclosure" of all documents the government holds on the Hillsborough Disaster.

The tragedy at Sheffield Wednesday's football stadium in 1989 claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans who were crushed to death on the stands.

Liverpool MP Steve Rotherham said during the debate that David Cameron should apologise for the way Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government handled the incident.

Rotherham attacked the "establishment cover up" that led to Liverpool fans being blamed for the tragedy in initial reports. Liverpool to this day boycotts The Sun newspaper for its original coverage of the disaster, which accused Liverpool fans of drunken criminal behaviour.

A subsequent inquiry found that overcrowding at the Sheffield stadium and poor police control had led to the deaths.

The Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) said the agreement to full disclosure meant that the truth of what happened at the fated FA Cup semi-final in 1989 will finally out.


HFSG's chairperson Margaret Aspinall also praised the manner in which Rotherham opened the debate, saying: "The way Steve Rotheram opened the debate was fantastic, reading the names of the 96 and their ages. Everyone was moved by that. For the first time in many years I feel optimistic now."

An independent panel will now gain access to all relevant documents and produce a final report into the incident.

Rotherham said as he opened the House of Commons debate: “I call on the Prime Minister to make a statement in this House and apologise for the mistakes that were made and the mishandling of this whole tragedy on behalf of a previous government."

He added: “At 3.15pm, Graham Kelly, the then chief executive of the Football Association, went to the police control box where he was told by the now discredited match commander (David Duckenfield) that Liverpool fans had rushed a gate into the ground, creating the fatal crush in the central pens.

“This was cowardice and deceit of the highest order and the fact was that no gate had been rushed and Duckenfield, the match commander, himself had personally ordered the gate to be opened.

“But this disgraceful lie set the tone for all that came later.

“Misdirection, obfuscation and damn lies were all used as smokescreens to deflect attention away from the guilty."

The House of Commons debate was the result of an online petition signed by 140,000 people.


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