Hillsborough petition reaches tipping point

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A petition calling for the government to release all documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster has reached 100,000 signatures – the required number for a debate to take place in the House of Commons.

The petition, started by This Is Anfield’s Brian Irvine last week, received support from Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, former player Michael Owen, Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton and a host of other players and British celebrities.

It also received widespread support from non-Liverpool supporters.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “The e-petition has now reached 100,000 signatures and the government will notify the Backbench Business Committee in the House of Commons in order that the committee can consider its suitability for debate when Parliament returns in September.

“The e-petition will remain live, and people will be able to continue adding their signatures. The government will respond to those who have signed the e-petition in due course.”

A spokesman for the Hillsborough Independent Panel said: “Following recent media coverage of the Cabinet Office’s decision to appeal the release of Cabinet Office papers concerning the Hillsborough disaster, the Hillsborough Independent Panel affirms its independence of government in carrying out its research, publishing an analytical report and establishing a comprehensive public archive of documents and other materials.

“The panel is grateful for the continuing support of the Hillsborough families in taking forward its unique and important work.”

Sign the petition at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/2199.

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