As MPs blast the government for failing to learn the lessons of Hillsborough, the government says it is “dedicated” to doing so.


As MPs blast the government for failing to learn the lessons of Hillsborough, the government says it is “dedicated” to doing so.

The Government is dedicated to learning lessons from the Hillsborough disaster and the decades-long legal battle that followed, the Lord Chancellor said today.

Those lessons, according to Robert Buckland, QC, must be used such “that something comparable can never happen again.”

MPs urged him to act in the wake of the failure to punish anyone criminally responsible for the unlawful killings of 96 men, women, and children, as well as the collapse of the ‘cover up’ trial.

Two former South Yorkshire Police officers and a solicitor who worked for the force were charged with perverting the course of justice by altering police statements given to the Taylor Inquiry, which was set up to investigate the disaster and prevent such deaths at sporting venues.

Retired Chief Superintendent Donald Denton, former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster, and Peter Metcalf were accused of attempting to “hide the failures” of the South Yorkshire Police force.

However, once Mr Justice William Davis determined that they had no case to answer, the jury at their trial was instructed to find them not guilty.

The judge’s decision was based in part on his judgement that the Taylor Inquiry was not a course of public justice and hence could not be tainted in the way the prosecution claimed.

Maria Eagle raised an urgent question in the House of Commons today, expressing her worry over the failure to hold anyone accountable for the incident.

She also expressed concern about the possibility that South Yorkshire Police could legally refuse to provide evidence to the Taylor Inquiry.

Mr Buckland has been pressed by the Garston and Halewood MP to give a statement concerning the disaster trials and developments after the second prosecution collapsed last month.

“We recognize the need for those in public office to act responsibly and discharge their duties with both honesty and integrity,” he responded. “As we continue to consider the verdict in the latest Hillsborough trial and its implications, we will of course consider opportunities to review the law and how it operates, and I.”


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