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Spirit of Shankly join clubs and politicians in calling for new Hillsborough Law

Liverpool supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly are backing a new campaign to “rebalance the scales” and ensure truth and justice during future investigations into major incidents.

#HillsboroughLawNow has the support of those who lost loved ones at Hillsborough as well as politicians and football clubs. Liverpool and Everton have given their support while Brighton and Hove Albion became the first club outside Merseyside to back the campaign.

Campaigners at the launch event spoke of many other tragedies to which the law would have relevance such as the Manchester Arena bombing, the Grenfell fire, the contaminated blood scandal and the exposure of World War II veterans to radiation poisoning.

What does the proposed law cover?

Spirit of Shankly chair Joe Blott, speaking to This Is Anfield, recalled his experiences of Hillsborough, watching the disaster unfold in the stadium, and then finding a telephone box to call home and tell his mum that he was safe.

“That’s when it hit me,” Joe said. “I was alive but clearly others weren’t. Others weren’t ringing their mum. Their mum wasn’t getting that call.

“This is why the Hillsborough Law is so important. It took the families of the bereaved 30 years to effectively receive that phone call. In any civil society that is not right, for the victims and relatives of any disaster.”

How can I help?

Former-FSA National Council member Ian Byrne is now the MP for Liverpool West Derby and he, along with other campaigners, is encouraging individual fans and supporter groups to contact their MP and ask them to support #HillsboroughLawNow

“We now need every club and their supporters to back the call and make it impossible for this Government to ignore it,” said Ian.

Malcolm Clarke, chair of the FSA, said:

“I am sure that all football fans will support this call for a law which would ensure that others do not have to go through the harrowing experiences of the Hillsborough families.

“The law should stand shoulder to shoulder with those seeking truth and justice.”

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