Ex Prime Minister apologises over Hillsborough

Sir John Major Photo : Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Sir John Major Photo : Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has apologised to the families of the Hillsborough disaster victims for failing to launch the independent investigation they campaigned for.

The former Conservative Party leader said police put forward ‘strong views’ there was no need for a report, but conceded the families should have been listened to.

The disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium, which killed 96 Liverpool fans in 1989, is at the centre of the biggest inquiry into police wrongdoing in the UK.

Last September, a report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel found South Yorkshire Police orchestrated a cover-up, falsified documents and blamed fans.

Sir John said: “The report was pretty shocking. When there was agitation for a Hillsborough report we had pretty strong police views that there was no need for a report at the time and nowadays I’m not sure assurance would ring as strongly as it did in the 1990s.

“Self-evidently, the Hillsborough families who petitioned and demanded an independent report have been proven to be right and we must say to them we are sorry.”