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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.
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".

Read: Questions raised on Cabinet Office and Wikipedia

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.

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

Margaret Aspinall says Ed 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."

Read: Miliband apologises for posing with a copy of The Sun**

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
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.

Hillsborough insults 'traced back to govt computers'

The Cabinet Office has launched an investigation over claims insulting additions were made to the Hillsborough Wikipedia page from government computers.

The Liverpool Echo reports the phrase "Blame Liverpool fans" was anonymously added to the Hillsborough page of the encyclopedia site in 2009.

Flowers are laid at the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy. Credit: Press Association

It's alleged that three years later computers on the secure Whitehall intranet were used again to change the phrase "You'll never walk alone" to "You'll never walk again" and later to "You'll never w*** alone."

On another occasion, the description of a Bill Shankly statue on the Anfield Wikipedia page was revised to change the well-known quote “He made the people happy” to “He made a wonderful lemon drizzle cake.”

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman told the newspaper: “We thank the Liverpool ECHO for bringing this to our attention. This is a matter that we will treat with the utmost seriousness and are making urgent inquiries.

“No one should be in any doubt of the government’s position regarding the Hillsborough disaster and its support for the families of the 96 victims and all those affected by the tragedy.”

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Football clubs 'stand side-by-side' over Hillsborough

Manchester United, Everton and Crystal Palace were among many football clubs who offered their support to Liverpool FC to remember the 96 people killed in the Hillsborough disaster.

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Hillsborough chair thanks Liverpool FC for support

Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

The Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group has thanked Liverpool football club for their support to the families of the 96 victims killed in the tragedy 25 years ago.

Margaret Aspinall, who lost her son James, 18, at Hillsborough, said she was mindful of legal restrictions on what could now be said as a jury was hearing the current inquests.

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