Steve Sends Open Letter to PM(October 27, 2011)
Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram, has joined with Liverpool Wavertree MP, Luciana Berger in writing to the Prime Minister following comments he made last week about the Hillsborough Families.
Rotheram, explained, “This is very serious indeed. If the Prime Minister has taken the time to read all two million documents and knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that there was no cover up, why hasn’t he told anyone? If he knows what went on, then he should come to the dispatch box and tell the country.
“Last week’s debate restored a lot of faith in politics amongst ordinary men and women in Britain but people won’t like what the Prime Minister said. What right does he have to tell the families what constitutes closure for them and what doesn’t?
“Today I, like many other MPs, have written to the Prime Minister to seek clarification from him. If it emerges that this was yet another crass remark by the country’s leader, then I want a full apology from him, on the steps of Downing Street. A simple statement released by his press office whilst he is away in Brussels, will not suffice. This was a national tragedy that requires a national leader.”
Steve's letter read:
Dear Prime Minister,
RE: Hillsborough Apology
Following a question put to you by my Hon. Friend for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger, on Wednesday 26th October 2011, I feel compelled to write to you to seek clarification.
It is alleged by several national newspapers that you implied that the families of the 96 victims killed at Hillsborough were ““like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there.”
Not only is this greatly offensive, it has caused great distress for the families. They have embarked on a twenty two year campaign with dignity and respect, all in search of the truth as to how their loved ones were allowed to die at a football stadium in this country.
Your remark raises serious concerns for the families. You have implied that you know the full details of all government documents and are in full possessions of the facts around the alleged cover-up. If that is the case, then I urge you, at the first possible opportunity, to meet with the families before coming to Parliament and making a full statement about what happened, why it happened and , if as expected, a full and frank apology on behalf of the Thatcher government.
Steve Rotheram MP