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Postal workers win row over Sun newspaper

Postal workers in Skelmersday have won their battle over the delivery of The Sun newspaper. It's organised a promotion with Royal Mail to mark the start of the World Cup.

50 staff refused to take part, a number say they were at Hillsborough - and haven't forgiven the paper for how it covered the disaster.

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Skelmersdale postal workers threaten walkout over Sun Newspaper deliveries

Postal workers are threatening to walk out, if they're made to deliver the Sun.

The newspaper has organised a promotion with Royal Mail, delivering free copies, to mark the start of the World Cup. But 50 staff in Skelmersdale are refusing to take part.

A number of those staff say they were at Hillsborough - and have never forgiven the paper for the way it covered the disaster.

Thousands of people are now backing them with a petition.

Elaine Willcox reports:-

Hillsborough relative says she's "touched" by the Royal Mail workers' stand

Julie Fallon, whose 23-year-old brother Andrew Sefton died at Hillsborough says she's touched by the stand taken by Royal Mail workers in Skelmersdale, where she and Andrew are from.

She said it was naive of Royal Mail not to think the strength of feeling extended outside of Liverpool where people are still touched by the tragedy.

The Sun says delivery "a matter for Royal Mail"

The Sun understands the strength of feeling in Liverpool and has taken steps to avoid causing upset by exempting Merseyside postcodes from the free paper drop.

The delivery of this paper in Skelmersdale is a matter for the Royal Mail in consultation with the relevant union."

– Statement from The Sun newspaper

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Royal Mail says it will work with staff and union over Sun row

We have been awarded the contract to deliver a promotional World Cup edition of The Sun to 22 million homes in England on 12 and 13 June.

The postal service is, of course, open to everyone provided the material they post meets all the relevant legal requirements.

The Sun has chosen not to include Liverpool in the mailing

If there are any personal reasons why a postman or woman would not want to deliver the mailing, we would consider these on an case by case basis working closely with the CWU.

– Royal Mail Group

MP backs postal workers refusing to deliver The Sun

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has given her backing to Skelmersdale postal workers over their refusal to deliver The Sun’s World Cup promotional edition to homes in the town.

Mrs Cooper said she has contacted both the Chief Executive of the Royal Mail and the newspaper's Editor over the issue.

It took 22 years for the families to secure the truth, now in the 25th anniversary year the families and survivors are attending the inquest hearings in the fight for justice.

"I hope the Royal Mail will change its stance and show some integrity and most of all show some respect for the people of Skelmersdale and across West Lancashire who have lived with the lies and injustice promulgated by this newspaper in one of the darkest episodes in recent British history.”

– Rosie Cooper MP

Postal workers refuse to deliver free copies of The Sun

A number of postal workers in Skelmersdale in Lancashire have threatened to walk out if they are forced to deliver free copies of The Sun later this week.

Scarfs are sold infront of a poster outside Anfield urging people not to buy The Sun newspaper. 2004. Credit: PA

The Sun, which has planned a nationwide drop of its free World Cup-themed promotion, has agreed not to send out copies in Liverpool, where there is still widespread anger over the way it reported the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

However, the tabloid newspaper is still set to go out in some areas of Merseyside, because they do not have Merseyside postcodes.

The Royal Mail said any concerns would be handled "with fairness and dignity".

The Sun published a full page apology in 2004.

Police taking Hillsborough requests "seriously" - Liverpool MP

Police forces appear to be taking requests for Hillsborough evidence seriously, a Liverpool MP said, after all 43 in England and Wales responded to a watchdog request for information.

Home Secretary Theresa May wrote to the chief constable of every English and Welsh force in March to request they searched their records to find out if they possessed any material related to the 1989 tragedy, in which 96 people died.

Mrs May said she understands all have replied to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is assessing the responses.

She added she expects a full report "in due course".

It's encouraging in as much as it appears at long last these forces are taking requests seriously and that's not always been the case.

– Steve Rotheram MP, Liverpool Walton

The purpose of the letter was to assist the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Operation Resolve in recovering any material which had not already been provided.

I understand that all forces have now responded to the IPCC and I am aware that the IPCC is currently assessing these responses. I am expecting a full report from them in due course.

– Theresa May, Home Secretary

We can confirm that all police forces have responded to the IPCC following the Home Secretary's letter about Hillsborough documents.

We are in the process of assessing responses and will provide a full update to her and to families in due course.

– Statement by the Independent Police Complaints Commission
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