Liverpool Press Conference Report

Liverpool Press Conference 21 January 2013

The campaign held a press conference in The Green Room, on 21st January. Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, and Sheila Coleman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign were in attendance as well as committee members and supporters of the Campaign.

We had received a letter from Chris Grayling MP, the Justice Secretary, informing us that his predecessor, Kenneth Clark MP, had signed a scrutiny document on the 19th December 2011 confirming that the government will continue to withhold all documents appertaining to the Shrewsbury trials until the next review date, 2021.

Joe Anderson offered his full support to the campaign. He explained that he had spent his working life as a committed trade unionist. He knew of the jailing of the Shrewsbury pickets and always knew that this was a great injustice to the trade union movement. Joe pledged his full support and agreed to circulate the details of the e-petition as widely as possible within the Labour Party.

Sheila Coleman drew the similarities with the Hillsborough campaign. She said that there had been two inquiries into what happened on that fateful day 15th April 1989: Lord Justice Taylor in 1997 and Lord Justice Stuart-Smith in 2002. At the time they were told that no stone lay unturned. Since the success of their e-petition, the release of documents and the setting up of the Hillsborough Panel by the Government they have discovered the lengths to which the police and other authorities went to cover-up the truth about the deaths of the football fans at Hillsborough. Sheila offered her wholehearted support to the Shrewsbury 24 campaign and would circulate the e-petition as widely as possible.

 Jimmy Woods,Ricky Tomlinson,Eileen Turnbull, Terry Renshaw, Joe Anderson, and Sheila Coleman.

Left to right: Jimmy Woods,Ricky Tomlinson,Eileen Turnbull, Terry Renshaw, Joe Anderson, and Sheila Coleman.

Jimmy Woods, UCATT Regional Secretary

Jimmy Woods, UCATT Regional Secretary.

Sheila Coleman from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign

Sheila Coleman from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign

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Left to right: Eileen Turnbull, Ricky Tomlinson and Joe Anderson.

Joe Anderson

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson

Shrewsbury 24 Campaign Committee and supporters.

Shrewsbury 24 Campaign Committee and supporters.

Photographs © Chris Gregory 2011