Margaret Aspinall is traveling to Westminster today to demand changes to the criminal justice system in the wake of the Hillsborough verdicts.
She's calling for reforms including allowing bereaved families the same amount of funding as the police for legal fees in cases where the force is involved.
She'll tell Parliament about the Hillsborough Family Support Group's 27 year struggle for justice. Leigh MP Andy Burnham will urge all parties to support for her campaign.
The changes they want:
- Bereaved families should get equal funding for legal representation as the Police at inquests where the Police are involved.
- No time limit after leaving the force that a retired officer can be investigated for misconduct. This power would apply retrospectively and could lead to sanctions such as pensions being cut for currently retired officers.
- The Government should proceed with an inquiry into relations between Police and press as requested by Lord Leveson.
- A ban on ‘unattributable briefings’ to the media by Police in respect of incidents under investigation. Where the corporate line of a force is being represented it should be by named individual.
- Secure the independence of the current Independent Police Complaints Commission by preventing the hiring of former Police staff to the body’s executive; give the IPCC power to direct findings and sanctions following investigations into officers and forces.
- The common law offence of misconduct in public office should be a criminal offence.