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Thursday, September 13, 2012
SUFFOLK Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey was a sixth former at a school in Liverpool at the time of the tragedy.
She knew of someone from her school who died in the tragedy – although she did not know the person family she said the impact of the tragedy continued to haunt the city.
Fighting back tears she town the House of Commons: “I remember being a schoolgirl, being in Liverpool, people were shell shocked by what happened that day and that feeling has continued for many years to come.
“What I would like to say is I am equally shell shocked by the suggestion that 164 statements were doctored by the police, suggesting a level of criminal conspiracy, absolutely shocking.”
She asked the prime minister: “I would like to ask you will you be asking the Home Secretary and whoever can make this decision to start putting criminal charges against the people involved?”
In his reply Mr Cameron said he knew Dr Coffey had a school friend who died in the tragedy.
Speaking later she corrected this: “There was someone at my school who died, but it was not someone I knew personally.
“But even if you did not know anyone personally, the impact on the city was huge and it continues.
“Today is very important, but it is only the start. There will be another debate in October and hopefully we will know then if the inquests will be re-opened. It is truly shocking that 164 statements were changed.”
Dr Coffey was 17 at the time of the tragedy and said memories of its impact on the city kept recurring.
“I understand that Kelvin Mackenzie has apologised for The Sun – I am pleased to hear that because that had a profound impact on the city.”
Former Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton was a young Liverpool player at the time of the Hillsborough disaster.
He told a Belfast radio station: “The biggest issue I had was laying the blame at the supporters’ door which was not true.
“All they wanted was people to stand up and say it wasn’t their fault. When we arrived back in Liverpool (after the tragedy), I really understood the enormity of the situation and Kenny Dalglish took it very personally – as we all did.
“Everyone who was part of the club at the time did everything they could to help ease the suffering of the families and those other people who were around the stadium on that day.”
Asked whether he thought yesterday’s findings would help ease the suffering, Magilton said: “I think it will. For 23 years, the families have campaigned tirelessly for some sort of redemption or answers that they didn’t get at the time, but that they felt they deserved.
“It is obviously still very much a sore point in Liverpool and all they wanted was someone to come out and say this is what happened. They wanted to know exactly why so many people lost their lives on that day.”