George Galloway says Sir Norman Bettison should go

Bradford West MP George Galloway has joined calls for the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire to resign for his part in the Hillsborough disaster.

Mr Galloway claims Sir Norman Bettison, who was a senior officer in the South Yorkshire force involved in the Hillsborough investigation, must have known about the cover-up, which led to fans being blamed for the tragedy.

He said: "He's either a knave or a fool. If either he isn't fit to be in charge of one of the country's largest constabularies. He should go, and go today. I have tabled a motion in the House of Commons today which demands just that."

From the outset South Yorkshire police set out to deflect responsibility for the disaster onto Liverpool fans, when it is clear that a major incident plan was not implemented and that there were obvious and manifest police failures in response to the disaster. Worse than that the police altered statements on an industrial scale and briefed the media that drunken, ticketless fans were to blame. It is now clear that this was a disgraceful attempt to blackguard the dead, 41 of whom, we now know, might be alive today if the police and the rescue services had acted properly.

– George Galloway MP

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