POLITICIANS passionately backed a Chester mum’s Hillsborough justice campaign in a Parliamentary debate yesterday.
Chester MP Stephen Mosley began the Westminster Hall debate calling on the Attorney General to grant a new inquest into the death of 15-year-old Kevin Williams, one of 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 stadium tragedy.
The debate followed a successful 118,000-name government e-petition created by Kevin’s mum Anne Williams, 59, of Newtown, who was present in the packed public gallery to witness more than a dozen MPs back her campaign.
Mrs Williams has been campaigning for justice after uncovering evidence from witnesses and experts which contradict both the ruling of the original inquest, that all the victims were dead or brain dead by 3.15pm, and that Kevin died from traumatic asphyxia.
Speaking yesterday, Mr Mosley said: “This debate is not about pointing the finger at anyone, it is about the truth about what happened to a 15-year-old boy.
“Compelling evidence exists that show Kevin was alive long after 3.15pm that day and I am in no doubt the original inquest into his death was wrong.
“For the sake of justice, I beg the Attorney General to give the inquest that Mrs Williams deserves.”
Mr Mosley added that one of the more contentious points was claims former special constable Debra Martin, who had been on duty in the ground at the time of the tragedy, had been pressured into changing her evidence.
Mr Mosley said Ms Martin, who held Kevin as he died in her arms, was visited four times by two South Yorkshire police officers and was coerced into changing her written statement.
The Attorney General, the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve, revealed he would be looking at the entirety of the case but would wait until the Hillsborough Panel had released its findings before making his decision.
He said: “I am minded to approach the case by awaiting the release of that material. I will approach the case with an open mind, but no-one can fail to be moved by what happened that fateful day in 1989.”
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