British Hillsborough football tragedy and injustice

This video from England says about itself:

Margaret Aspinall Accepts Pride Of Britain Award On Behalf of The Hillsborough Families

8 October 2013

See HFSG [Hillsborough Family Support Group]’s Margaret Aspinall accepting a thoroughly deserved award from John Bishop, John Barnes, Jamie Carragher & King Kenny Dalglish.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Hillsborough fight hero calls for level justice playing field

Thursday 12th April 2016

A MOTHER who lost her son in the Hillsborough disaster called yesterday for a “level playing field” for bereaved families in legal fights against the police.

In an emotional address to MPs, Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died in the tragedy, said it was a “disgrace” that South Yorkshire Police had public funding for legal representation during inquests while victims’ families did not.

She attacked cuts to legal aid and also called for the second stage of the Leveson inquiry — into the relationship between the police and the press — to go ahead.

Attacking cuts to legal aid, the Hillsborough Family Support Group chairwoman said: “Everybody is entitled to legal aid. [The current situation], to me, has got to change.

“The police cannot be funded the way South Yorkshire were funded.

“To go back into court for two years … and for them to be funded again to come out with the same lies again is a disgrace.

“At least give the victims a level playing field.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was in the committee room at Portcullis House to hear Ms Aspinall describe her experience of the fight for justice by the families of the 96 victims.

She broke down in tears as she said she had had to accept an insurance payout of little more than £1,000 after her son’s death because she had been told she had to raise £3,000 to pay for a barrister for the original inquest in 1990.

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham said: “We all let them down. No politician emerges with any credit because we all let them down.”

But he unveiled a package of measures to “rebalance” the justice system.

Labour have pledged that families seeking justice will be able to access legal aid in future, while abolishing the time limit on the period after leaving the police force during which retired officers can be investigated for misconduct.

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