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Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson welcomes decision to quash Hillsborough verdicts

SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson has welcomed the Government’s decision to launch a fresh investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

Speaking after last week’s news that the original inquest verdicts of accidental death would be overturned and new inquests ordered, Mr Esterson said he was determined to continue his support for the families of the 18 Sefton victims who were among the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans who died in the 1989 tragedy.

"News that the original and flawed inquest verdict is to be quashed is great news, as is the launch of a new police inquest,” said Mr Esterson.

"2012 will be remembered as the year that the Hillsborough families finally started getting to the truth. We must ensure that 2013 is the year that they finally get justice."

Mr Esterson also said that those found guilty of any wrongdoing, before the disaster and in its aftermath, must be held to account.

He said: "The Hillsborough Independent Panel exposed some shocking details about an establishment cover-up.

“The people responsible for that cover-up must be held to account and the investigation must get to the bottom of the true causes which led to the deaths of 96 people.

"Only then will the families be able to move on with the rest of their lives.

“I am determined to continue to help them in every way that I can."

The Hillsborough fundraising single He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, by Justice Collective, was confirmed as this year’s Christmas number one on Sunday, outselling X Factor winner James Arthur.

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