Calls for leaders to support 'Hillsborough Law'

Families who lost loved ones in the Hillsborough Disaster are calling for a change in the legal process after concerns bereaved families don't get "a level playing field" in the justice system.

Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, has written to the main political party leaders to back a "Hillsborough Law".

Margaret Aspinall chairs the Hillsborough Families Support Group. Credit: ITV News

The families and survivors have been campaigning for more than 30 years after 96 Liverpool fans died in a crush on the Leppings Lane terrace of the Hillsborough ground.

In 2016, jurors at the Hillsborough inquests concluded those who died in the disaster were unlawfully killed.

Last week, the match commander on the day of the tragedy, David Duckenfield, was cleared of a gross negligence manslaughter charge.

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield was found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter. Credit: PA

In the letter, Margaret Aspinall says the judicial system has "failed to deliver any sense of fairness, resolution or closure."

She's calling on any future Prime Minister to address this by introducing the Hillsborough Law "to make the legal system a level playing field for bereaved families."

It would place a duty of candour on all public officials and requires parity of legal funding for bereaved families with public bodies.