Mr. Clarke, who was a Tory MP for nearly 50 years, spoke to the Press and Journal about the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Conservative Party grandee Ken Clarke was criticised for his comments on the Hillsborough disaster in the context of the current coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Clarke said he had no intention of being “disparaging” when he said that the investigation of the disaster was about “looking for someone to blame”.
“In two or three years, everyone will have an overview looking back to 2020, so we will have a sort of Hillsborough investigation where everyone is looking for a guilty party.
Asked by reporter Daniel O’Donoghue about the performance of his conservative government colleagues during the pandemic, he said “What I have avoided is just sitting in my living room and criticizing former colleagues.
In 2016, new research concluded that the 96 soccer fans were unlawfully killed.
Mr Clarke, a former Minister of Justice, was criticised for his choice of words when discussing the three decade-long struggle for justice by the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the disaster.
He said: “Thirty-one years after Hillsborough, it is shameful to discover that former Attorney General Ken Clarke has misunderstood the search for truth and justice by families and survivors as a ‘search for a guilty party’.
Labour West Derby MP Ian Byrne was at Leppings Lane End on the day of the 1989 disaster and managed to escape before the tragic devastation struck.
Liverpool Garston and Halewood MP Maria Eagle recently reinstated in Parliament her Public Advocate Bill, which aims to give the bereaved a voice.
“The comments show exactly how the establishment saw the Hillsborough families’ campaign and why Maria Eagle’s Public Advocate Bill (known as the Hillsborough Bill) is so important to moving forward.
ECHO approached Mr. Clarke to ask for an explanation for his comments in the press and journal, saying that his words were not meant as criticism.
With the support of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, an independent public advocate would be introduced to represent the families after a tragedy – something the families of 96 did not have as they fought for justice.
Mr Clarke said: “My comment was not intended as a disparaging remark about the Hillsborough inquiry, which was described in my comment as a ‘Hillsborough inquiry’ of sorts, and I’m sorry some people take that view”.