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A Merseyside MP has said that Sir Norman Bettison should be suspended after he was named by the IPCC as it launched an inquiry in to the Hillsborough disaster.
Sir Norman, now the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police was an inspector in the South Yorkshire force in 1989.
Maria Eagle, Labour MP for Garston and Halewood, told BBC News she was concerned that;
"when he retires, because he was chief constable of Merseyside at one point, people of Merseyside, including the bereaved families and those who've been traumatised on the day, will be paying his pension, through our council tax".
Pete Weatherby QC, who represents several families of Hillsborough victims, said they welcomed the new inquiry, as some of them had already contacted the IPCC asking that it be carried out.
"After 23 years of failed inquiries there is a degree of scepticism but I think, from the families I have spoken to, they are happy this latest investigation has been announced," the QC told BBC Breakfast.
He said they wanted it to be completely transparent and to be kept informed of its progress throughout.
Twenty-three years after the Hillsborough tragedy, an unprecedented criminal investigation into what went wrong - and the subsequent police cover-up - was ordered today.
It will be the biggest ever investigation into the police in British legal history. Former and serving officers could face prosecution - on charges ranging from manslaughter to perverting the course of justice.
What Keir Starmer at the CPS and the IPCC are both acutely aware of is the fact that the Hillsborough families have been waiting for so long already to get to this stage, they do not want to get bogged down in a very very long inquiry and then have a decision.
So the CPS will review all the evidence now that came out in last month's report to see if anybody could be prosecuted for manslaughter now, be it an individual or an organisation.
At the same time the IPCC will take on what looks to be a huge inquiry, particularly in to the cover-up. They are getting extra money from the Home Office to cope with the demand on their resources.
They are going to have to trace hundreds of former and current police officers, retired, serving deceased, some abroad - all of them have to be found and statements taken from them.
Potentially we could be looking at many years before any police officers are charged or disciplined over the cover-up element.
Margaret Aspinall's 18-year-old son James was among the 96 who died at the FA Cup semi-final, said that she is "very happy" to learn that Sir Norman Bettison, the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, will be among police officers to face scrutiny by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, welcomed the announcement that the biggest-ever inquiry into police actions in the UK is to be launched in the wake of the damning report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.
Speaking in Anfield, Liverpool, she said:
Sir Norman has since confirmed that he will retire on 31st March 2013, but he will still face an investigation by the IPCC for his part in the Hillsborough cover up.
West Yorkshire Police said Sir Norman had previously welcomed an investigation into Hillsborough and had nothing further to add today.
A spokesman said:
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IPCC have said that a "large number" of current and former police officers face investigations into their role in the Hillsborough disaster.