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Aid plea for Hillsborough families

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says the Government is "very mindful" of the financial pressures faced by the Hillsborough families should judges sitting at the High Court tomorrow decide to order fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims.

Mr Grayling said the Government was taking into consideration the families after Labour MP Steve Rotheram asked whether ministers would offer financial support should the High Court decide to quash the original inquest verdicts and order new investigations.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve is expected at the High Court tomorrow to ask for senior judges to quash the accidental death verdicts following the original inquests into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans.

New inquests may be ordered and Mr Rotheram, the MP for Liverpool Walton, said he was concerned the families of the victims of the 1989 disaster may not have the finances to support their legal cases.

Setback for votes for prisoners campaign

A convicted killer from Hull who's campaigned to get prisoners the vote has suffered another set back after a decision by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. He's decided to set up a joint committee of MPs and Lords to consider a new set of

proposals but has not ruled out that a blanket ban on all voting from prison cells will stay in force. John Hirst, who killed his landlady with an axe and ended up spending 25 years behind bars, won, what he thought, was a landmark ruling in the European

Court of Human Rights seven years ago, forcing our government to give inmates the vote. Since then there have been legal challenges and delays, the latest one coming today with the committee being asked to look at a bill which could give the vote to

those sentenced to less than four years or less than six months in jail. Duncan Wood spoke to John Hirst and asked him if this was another set back for his campaign.

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