Rotheram welcomes move

Steve Rotheram, Labour MP for Liverpool Walton
Steve Rotheram, Labour MP for Liverpool Walton Credit: PA WIRE

Steve Rotheram, Labour MP for Liverpool Walton, said: "Today's welcome announcement will spare the families of the 96 the ordeal of having to return to South Yorkshire and relive the horror of the traumatic 1989 inquests.

"It is vital that the process for new inquests proceeds without any unnecessary delays and a judge be appointed, a location determined and time frame established, so that the families can move closer to finally understanding the actual cause of the deaths of their lost loved ones at Hillsborough."

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