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Starmer says Hillsborough campaign a ‘priority’ for Labour Government

Sir Keir Starmer has confirmed a regional daily’s campaign for justice for the families of the Hillsborough victims would be a “priority” if a Labour Government.

Sir Keir has pledged to introduce the so-called Hillsborough law, a long-fought cause for the Liverpool Echo.

The law would expand the financial and legal support offered during inquests and is named for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 97 Liverpool Football Club supporters.

In December, the Echo called on Labour to honour its promise to implement the law after the Tory Government stopped short of bringing it in in full.

How the Echo covered the anniversary

How the Echo covered the anniversary

Speaking to the Echo on Monday, the 35th anniversary of the tragedy, Sir Keir said: “Today on the 35th anniversary of that dark day, I’ll be thinking about those lost, their families, and their enduring courage and determination to pursue justice.

“It is nothing less than insulting that after three and a half decades Hillsborough families still haven’t seen the legislative change they rightfully demand.

“As Director of Public Prosecutions, I met with Hillsborough families and saw the raw pain and grief they still carry. I promised then that I would do everything in my power to deliver the justice they deserve. That promise stands.

“This is why with my leadership, Labour stands unequivocally with the Hillsborough families. There can be no justice for those who died until we stop the same thing ever happening again. Making Hillsborough Law reality would be a priority of my Labour government.”