Steve Welcomes Amendment to the Coroner's Act(February 12, 2013)
Labour MP Steve Rotheram has outlined the impact that the Government’s amendment to the Coroners Act will have on the forthcoming Hillsborough inquests.
“Today’s welcome announcement will spare the families of the 96 the ordeal of having to return to South Yorkshire and relive the horror of the traumatic 1989 inquests.
“In bringing this announcement forward from June, it is further evidence that the families’ dignified campaign for almost 24 years is now finally forcing the wheels of justice for the 96 to slowly turn. For the first time in over two decades, momentum is on the side of the families.
“After today the Judge who is appointed to preside over the new Hillsborough inquests, will have the power to determine the location free from geographical constraints.
“It is vital that the process for new inquests proceeds without any unnecessary delays; and a judge be appointed, a location determined and time frame established, so that the families can move closer to finally understanding the actual cause of the deaths of their lost loved ones at Hillsborough”.