Teach schoolchildren about Hillsborough and the fight for justice, encourage MPs

The Hillsborough disaster should be taught to school children as part of the national curriculum, ministers said.

Iour Byrne de abour, who survived the 1989 tragedy, received support from 30 fellow MPs for his proposal presented in the House of Commons.

Mr Byrne, MP for the Liverpool West Derby, wants the events of the past 32 years and the ongoing campaign for justice to be included in the education program.

He spoke heartily in Parliament about his experiences in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Sheffield Wednesday ground.

Earlier this year, he fought back tears as he recalled being left “asking my own eyes” after “smears” and “lies” were pushed by police and other established figures.

Survivors and the families of the 97 fans who lost their lives as a result of the disaster were involved in a three-decade campaign in pursuit of justice.

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Labor MP Ian Byrne talks about Hillsborough disaster during House of Commons debate in September 2021 (PA)

Mr Byrne’s motion (EDM) states: “This House acknowledges that, 32 years after the Hillsborough disaster, criminal proceedings collapsed in May 2021 and no one was responsible for the unlawful killings of 97 innocent people.

“(It) acknowledges that it took 23 years of campaigning for the truth about the disaster to be finally acknowledged at the Hillsborough Independent Panel and for lies and slander about victims and survivors to be corrected.

“(It) further acknowledges that it took 27 years to record the actual investigative convictions for unlawful killing.

“(It) recognizes the honorable member’s important work for Garston and Halewood (Labor’s Maria Eagle) in getting parliament to learn lessons from the disaster and her work to introduce legislation that would ensure bereaved families and survivors of future disasters never get through. The injustices confronted by the Hillsborough families and survivors.

“(It) further recognizes the important role of education in learning the lessons from the disaster, and calls on the Government to include the Hillsborough disaster in the national curriculum, an education program that should cover the events of the past 32 years, the ongoing a campaign for justice and how we ensure that the events of that fateful day are not forgotten and that the next abortion of justice is never repeated. “

EDM is a formal motion tabled for debate in the Commons, although very few are actually debated.

Ms. Eagle presented proposals to create a dedicated independent counselor to work on behalf of families mourned in major disasters by her Public Advocate Bill.

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