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Editor vows to keep pressure on government after terror families’ setback

A daily editor has vowed to keep pressuring the government to settle a legal funding row over inquests into their loved ones’ deaths.

Relatives of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombing victims were expecting to learn last week whether their funding bid to enable them to be represented at new inquests into the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings had been successful.

As previously reported on HTFP, the Birmingham Mail has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to ensure a swift resolution of the issue – but the families now say they could pull out of the process following a fresh delay.

It followed a “frustrating” meeting with new Home Secretary Amber Rudd last week at which she was unable to confirm whether the funding plea would be approved.

The families have been battling for more than 40 years, with the Mail’s help, to try to find the truth behind what happened when IRA bombers killed 21 people in Birmingham.

The Mail splashed on the latest development yesterday.


Editor Marc Reeves told HTFP: “We share the deep concerns of the families that the Government is prevaricating over the provision of legal funding. Failure to come through on this will be a shocking injustice and an insult to the dignity of families who have already suffered more than 40 years of trauma.

“The Birmingham Mail will do all in its power to keep up the pressure on the Home Secretary and the Government to simply do the right thing. We note the Conservative Party conference comes to Birmingham in less than three weeks’ time and we hope this issue can be put to bed by then.”

The families’ statement reads: “It will not be in the interests of justice if we request an adjournment indefinitely pending our quest for funding.

“We have been re-traumatised and there comes a point when this has to stop. We cannot as next-of kin take any more.”