Hillsborough – David Cameron in the House of Commons – Shocking

The findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel are “deeply distressing”, according to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Police and emergency services made “strenuous attempts” to deflect the blame for the Hillsborough disaster onto innocent fans, newly published documents about the tragedy revealed today. The disclosures were made by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which has been overseeing the release of thousands of official documents relating to Britain’s deadliest sporting disaster.

Ninety six Liverpool supporters died in a crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989, where their team were to meet Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final. Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs today that many of the Hillsborough inquiry findings were “deeply distressing”.
He said the report had found no evidence that the government tried to conceal the truth about events.

The panel found that 164 statements were “significantly amended”, including the removal of 116 negative comments about the leadership of the police, to push the blame for the tragedy onto the fans, Mr Cameron said.

Mr Cameron said: “On behalf of the government, and indeed of our country, I am profoundly sorry that this double injustice has been left uncorrected for so long.”