Response to the Hillsborough Verdicts on behalf of the Liberal Democrats of the City Region


They’ll Never Walk Alone – We Will Always Remember Them

Today’s verdicts are a vindication of the 96, the relatives of the 96; fans of LFC as a whole and of the City of Liverpool in its entirety.

27 years ago the 96 and countless others were accused of being drunk; yobbish behaviour; entering the ground without tickets; turning up late; urinating on the dead stealing from the dead and other even worse suggestions.

This impression was fostered by authorities which wished to deflect blame from their own incompetence and lack of planning.

Four years ago the Commission chaired so ably by the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, showed without a doubt the depths of the crimes committed by the authorities and the extent of the cover up. Today’s verdicts have sealed into law what the Commission said.

We hope today that lessons can still be learned from what went so tragically wrong 27 years ago. We demand now that legal action must be taken against those responsible for the cover up and the original deaths. But more important than that we hope that today the relatives and support groups can lay down their burden because they and their loved ones and our beloved city have all been truly vindicated. May they all, and in every sense, rest in peace tonight. Their job is done.

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,

Leader, Liverpool Liberal Democrats

07885 626913

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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