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Hillsborough campaigner awarded CBE in honours list

A campaigner who fought for justice for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list.

Margaret Aspinall, whose son James was killed in the tragedy when he was 18 years old, has been awarded a CBE for services to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died that day.

Margaret Aspinall's son James died during the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Hillsborough Family Support Group chair Mrs Aspinall was, along with group president Trevor Hicks, the driving force in a decades-long legal battle which ended with the quashing of earlier inquest verdicts.

"I feel so humble about it," she said after hearing the news. "We are at the inquests at the moment and to me that's the most important thing, so I was in a dilemma - do you accept or do you not accept? Because so many people were involved in all this."

"Then I thought there could not be a nicer way to end the year, to accept it on behalf of all those people involved."

Ex-Liverpool boss Dalglish describes Hillsborough 'mayhem'

Kenny Dalglish wore a '96' badge to the inquest. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has finished giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquiry.

Dalglish, 63, was questioned for two hours at Warrington Coroners Court about the tragedy that saw 96 Liverpool fans died.

The Scot described the situation at the ground as 'mayhem' during the questioning.

"It was mayhem. Nobody knew what was going on. There were stories coming from every angle," Daglish told the jury.


Kenny Dalglish to give evidence at Hillsborough inquest

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who was at the helm on the day of the Hillsborough tragedy, is due to give evidence in the inquest into the disaster today.

The ex-player will take to the witness box in the final afternoon session before the Christmas adjournment.

Kenny Dalglish was Liverpool FC's manager on the day of the Hillsborough tragedy Credit: PA

Upon the request of South Yorkshire Police, Mr Dalglish broadcast a message to football fans asking for calm as events unfolded more than 25 years ago.

A total of 96 Liverpool fans were killed at the FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest, held at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium in April 1989.

Liverpool University postpones Hogan-Howe ceremony

The University of Liverpool has apologised to the Hillsborough families after deciding to postpone a ceremony to award Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe an honorary degree.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Credit: PA Wire

Hogan-Howe was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in December over his role at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 where 96 people died.

The commissioner was due to receive the award in recognition of his time as Chief Constable to Merseyside at a ceremony in December.

Campaigners said they were "appalled" by the university's "insensitivity".

“We are deeply sorry if we have inadvertently caused any distress to the Hillsborough families. All of us feel great sensitivity to the families at this difficult time,” deputy vice-chancellor Patrick Hackett said.

Civil servant sacked after Hillsborough Wikipedia posts

A government worker who made offensive Wikipedia edits about Hillsborough using official computers has been sacked.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude will tell MPs today that a junior administrator has been identified as being behind posts in 2012 and fired for gross misconduct.

The offensive edits were tracked down to a 24-year-old junior administrator. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The department is likely to drop its investigation into other abusive edits made from the secure intranet due to a lack of leads.

The 24-year-old, thought to have been born in London but based in Liverpool, apparently changed the phrase "You'll never walk alone", the anthem of Liverpool FC, to read: "You'll never walk again."

According to the Telegraph, he was pinpointed by cross-referencing his social media and work history.

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said the man's name would not be revealed as "social media can be very unpleasant".


Labour councillor resigns over Miliband Sun photo

Liverpool Labour councillor has resigned from the party in protest at Ed Miliband’s support for The Sun newspaper.

Cllr Martin Cummins, who represents Croxteth, told the Liverpool Echo that the Labour leader's picture holding up The Sun newspaper had “rocked me to my core”

His resignation letter said:

We are the the party of truth, justice and equality and we must stop compromising on our moral foundation just to win votes.

It is therefore with sadness and sincere regret that I am resigning from the Labour Party.

I pray that my brothers and sisters within our Labour family will understand my decision.

Hillsborough chair: Miliband's apology comes 'a bit late'

Margaret Aspinall says Ed Miliband's apology comes "a bit late". Credit: Reuters

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said Ed Miliband's action of posing with The Sun was a "stupid thing to do".

Miliband apologised after being criticised for failing to take account of continuing fury over the tabloid's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

But his apology comes "a bit late", she added.

Mrs Aspinall, attending the inquest into the death of her son James at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington, said: "Common sense should have prevailed.

"I can't understand the insensitivity of what they have done, they didn't show any common sense.

"They know the families have got enough to get through right now, they know the feelings of the people, not just in Liverpool, it has spread everywhere.

"At this moment in time, it was a stupid thing to do. You have got to think about all the people it affected."

Miliband apologises for posing with a copy of The Sun

Ed Miliband angered Labour figures in Liverpool after posing with a copy of the Sun Credit: Reuters

Ed Miliband has apologised after posing with a copy of The Sun, distributed for free in Liverpool to mark the start of the World Cup.

Labour figures in the city expressed anger at his action for failing to take account of continuing fury over the tabloid's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

"Ed Miliband was promoting England's bid to win the World Cup and is proud to do so," a spokesman for the party leader said.

"But he understands the anger that is felt towards The Sun over Hillsborough by many people and he is sorry to those who feel offended."

Families: Wiki Hillsborough edits 'an absolute insult'

Edits made to the Hillsborough disaster page on Wikipedia have been described as an "absolute insult to victims and their families".

Margaret Aspinall, mother of one of the victims said: "It's an absolute insult to the families who are fighting for where we are today and it has to be investigated".

Sheila Coleman from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign added that the distress was compounded by the timing of the revelations.

"That this happens now when the families are immersed in the inquest procedure goes to the heart of why should they trust the establishment," she said.

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