100,000 call for Hillsborough papers to be released

Published on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:01
Posted by Scott Buckler

A petition calling for Hillsborough disaster Cabinet papers to be released has reached 100,000 signatures - enough for a Commons debate to be considered


Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and Newcastle United player Joey Barton used Twitter to urge people to sign the Home Office website petition.

It follows a ruling by Information Commissioner Christopher Graham that the papers should be published.

E-petitions with 100,000 signatures must be considered for debate.

Celebrities including former Liverpool player Michael Owen, musician Billy Bragg, actor Simon Pegg and the comedian Dara O Briain added their names to the petition on the Home Office website.

The Cabinet Office has said it will appeal against the information commissioner's publication decision because it believes the Hillsborough Independent Panel, established under the Labour government, should oversee the disclosure of documents relating to the tragedy.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the disaster at the FA cup semi-final tie against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on 15 April, 1989.

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