HILLSBOROUGH justice campaigner Anne Williams has said she felt ‘let down again’ by the Government after learning a fresh inquest into her son’s death is unlikely to be brought forward.
More than 33,000 people have signed a Government e-petition calling for a speedy hearing after Mrs Williams, 59, of Chester, was diagnosed last month with a terminal illness.
She has campaigned tirelessly for justice for more than two decades after losing 15-year-old Kevin in the 1989 disaster.
But the Attorney General – the Government’s top lawyer – this week hinted the inquests of all 96 victims will be held at the same time as ‘all the deaths arose from a single chain of events’.
That may not happen for the foreseeable future given the possibility of criminal charges against those implicated and its subsequent cover-up.
Mrs Williams, who was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, said: “I have never asked for special treatment – other people set up the petition – but I don’t know what time I have left and I want to be there to see the witnesses tell the truth about what happened to Kevin and get that accidental verdict quashed.
“While I’m still here I’ll still be fighting.
“I feel the Attorney General has let me down again – like every Government I have dealt with – but the system has failed Kevin for 23 years.
“The other families used to say to me ‘we’re waiting for you to open the gates, Anne’ and the report opened a can of worms but this should’ve been done years and years ago.”
A spokesman for Attorney General Dominic Grieve’s office said: “The Attorney General is deeply saddened to hear of Anne Williams’s diagnosis.
“He has written to Mrs Williams saying he will make the application for a fresh inquest as soon as he can. This work is being given the highest priority.
“If that application is successful, the timing of any inquests is outside his control. That is a matter for the coronial process.
“He has considered whether he could make the application sooner if he dealt with Kevin’s death only, with a later application for the other deaths.
“Unfortunately, given that all the deaths arose from a single chain of events and so much of the evidence applies to all the cases, he does not think that is possible.”
The petition is at submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40925.