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Postby Igor Zidane » Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:26 pm

REVEALED: The seven who will sit on Hillsborough files panel in Liverpool




HE ECHO can today exclusively reveal the seven people sitting on the Hillsborough tragedy files panel.

Their closely-guarded identities were to be unveiled this morning by ministers at the House of Commons.

The seven people cover a range of disciplines from police, health, archiving and media including three people with strong links to Liverpool.

The panel are:

Phil Scraton, professor of criminology at Queen’s University, Belfast, and writer of the acclaimed The Truth book on the 1989 disaster. Formerly based at Edge Hill.

Katy Jones, TV producer and factual producer on Jimmy McGovern’s drama documentary, “Hillsborough”.

Liverpool-born newsreader, journalist and former host of the Question Time show Peter Sissons.

Paul Leighton CBE, former Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Dr Bill Kirkup, CBE, formerly associate medical director, Department of Health.

Christine Gifford, member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Public Sector Information.

Sarah Tyacke, former chief executive of the National Archives and Keeper of the Public Records

Today’s announcement officially sets in motion the process of scrutinising millions of secret documents, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Revd James Jones.

Westminster chiefs are said to be very pleased with the panel’s make-up as many of those appointed are considered leaders in their fields.

The sudden widening of the panel, from five to seven, is a surprise to many observers.

But the Government is understood to have rubber-stamped the change to obtain a more comprehensive breadth of expertise.

Until today the names of the panel have been a well-kept secret.

They will have to remain available until 2012 and some may take temporary sabbaticals from their current employment.

The families of the 96 Reds fans who died following the Sheffield semi-final are understood to be satisfied with the choices.

Peter Sissons, 67, attended Dovedale Road Primary School and is a Liverpool John Moores University Honorary Fellow.

And TV producer Katy Jones was integral in helping city scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern complete his Hillsborough drama-documentary.

Christine Gifford impressed Government bosses with her track record of disseminating information to the public, demonstrated by her efforts helping establish the much-used Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Former police officer Paul Leighton retired earlier this year from his Northern Ireland post after 29 years as a police officer.

The Hillsborough committee will convene every month with the Bishop himself seeing archivists in charge of the documents every week.

The panel’s first meeting will be in Liverpool in the near future followed by a face-to-face meeting with families of the 96 fans.

The ECHO has also learned that three archivists are on the verge of being appointed by Sheffield city council.

Their job will be to sift through the thousands of files boxes and presenting them in a relevant order for Bishop Jones and his seven-strong committee.

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Postby redhayesy » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:00 pm

thanks for that igor mate, i was having a good chat with gerry in the HJC shop on sat before the Bolton game, he gave me some great up to date info about the forthcoming events like the panel/enquiry etc.
it starts with a meeting on thursday (i think i'm right in that mate) please let me know if iv'e got it wrong.

anyway just to let anyone know that haven't visited the shop lately, their is some great new pictures,moving poems from families who have lost family members,who were survivors of hillsborough.

also some lovely donations given to the shop, like limited edt drawings,paintings of past an present players, an gerry managed to get all of them the number 96 picture of the 200 made, hope that makes sense. they are all on the wall in the upstairs. some great gestures also from celtic fc etc.
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Postby tubby » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:04 am

Yes they meet for the 1st time today.
My new blog for my upcoming holiday.

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Postby RED BEERGOGGLES » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:16 pm

Courtesy of The Liverpool Echo
THE first public disclosure of the hidden Hillsborough tragedy files may still be 18 months away.

A panel of eight experts, along with the Bishop of Liverpool, are scrutinising hundreds of thousands of documents about the 1989 disaster.

Initially, it was intended to release some previously unseen papers by the spring of this year.

But that proposal is likely to be reworked, with the bulk of the files now being revealed at the end of the two-year process in early 2012.

Today, the first public indication was given that the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government was firmly behind the project.

Suggestions were raised that the process could be derailed if Labour lost power at May’s general election.

But the home office told the ECHO the Hillsborough review had the full backing of the new administration.

A spokesman said: “The panel has made a good start on the complex and challenging process of releasing the mass of material relating to the Hillsborough disaster which has remained hidden from the public for more than 20 years.

“Positive and productive work is ongoing between the panel members, the families and public partners, including South Yorkshire police and Sheffield council.

“But full public disclosure will not happen overnight.

“The panel wants to achieve disclosure as quickly as possible, but is absolutely determined to get the process right.”

The Hillsborough families have always stated their wish to have sight of any files before they are made public and that request is likely to be honoured.
Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: “We are in agreement about one report at the end of the process, so long as the files are looked at fully.

“We trust the panel implicitly to get on with this mammoth task and we will be meeting them on occasions along the way. Hopefully, it will not take longer than the two years which has been set aside.”

Sheila Coleman, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, said: “I would not be surprised if documents were not released as we proceed because it would open them up to people challenging the evidence, which could lead to complications.

“The government wants this to be a smooth exercise.

“The panel are coming to us and asking what to look for, because we are so familiar with it all.

“It would have been an idea to have open access to the files and perhaps have representatives from the different groups.”

The panel members include Hillsborough author Professor Phil Scraton, Liverpool-born journalist Peter Sissons and Katy Jones, who produced Jimmy McGovern’s acclaimed documentary about the tragedy.

They will be presented with volumes of documents arranged and presented by archivists specially employed by Sheffield council.

The committee will meet every month, with the Right Reverend James Jones seeing archivists on a regular weekly basis.

The papers being studied include those from South Yorkshire police, the regional fire and ambulance services, Sheffield Wednesday FC and Sheffield council.

Also being scrutinised are files from West Midlands police, Lord Justice Taylor’s public inquiry papers and Lord Justice Stuart Smith’s inquiry research.

Some of the Hillsborough panel’s work could take place in Liverpool, Sheffield and London.

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Postby stmichael » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:26 pm

article in today's Guardian by David Conn about the work of the panel investigating the disaster:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/footbal....t-group
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Postby Igor Zidane » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:02 am

COURTESY OF TONY EVANS FROM THE TIMES

Andrew Devine has never spoken about what happened to him on a sunny spring days 23 years years ago. He has never spoken about anything since.
He was 22 when he went to a football match, an FACup semi-final at Hillsborough between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. For the first half of his life he was a normal, happy, healthy person. He has now been in a vegetative state for more than half a lifetime after being deprived of oxygen in the crush on the Leppings Lane.
No one could ever say the 96 people that died as a direct result the events of April 15, 1989 was lucky. Yet is seems the cruelest use of language to term Devine a “survivor”.
On Wednesday, when the Hillsborough Independent Panel (HIP) release what should be a definitive and incontrovertible report into the disaster and its aftermath, it is unlikely Devine will be aware. He will be cared for by his loving family, who feed him pureed food, oblivious to storm that will rage around the subject.
The panel’s conclusions will reiterate what the Taylor Report told us about the causes of the disaster more than two decades ago. There will be more eye-opening information, though, . Much more.
After 20 months of studying nearly half a million documents, the HIP will detail the full extent of the police cover-up in the hours, days and weeks after the tragedy and highlight how political interference from the highest level affected the reporting and perception of Hillsborough. The breathtaking range of the cover-up will demand further investigation and possibly a full public inquiry.
Evidence was tampered with and disappeared, junior police officers were bullied into changing their statements in an orchastrated campaign to blame the fans for the fatal crush and deflect criticism away from the South Yorkshire Police.
Finally, we may be coming close to getting the truth, a phrase distorted by Kelvin MacKenzie’s despicible headline in The Sun above a story that accused Liverpool supporters of robbing the dead, urinating on the police and making lewd sexual suggestions about a dead girl.
I was part of that crowd. I always ask those who believe the lies of 1989 the same questions. Would you do these things? No one has ever answered yes. And no one has ever been able to reply to the follow-up request: Then tell me why you think I would commit these outrages.
What should have been a discourse about the worst breakdown of the emergency services in British history, was sidetracked by accusations of hooliganism which many were all too ready to believe. Some still do, This year, a signigficant number of Chelsea fans at Wembley disruped a minute’s silence on the anniversery, chanting “Murderers” and “You killed your own fans”. Fans of other clubs, perhaps imagining themselves more subtle, sing: “If it wasn’t for the Scousers we could stand.”
With a twist of 23-year-old propagnda, the catastrophic failure of a police force that put thousands of men, women and children in jeopardy, killing 96 of them, becomes a weapon in the so-called ‘banter’ of football. It’s reduced to a whinge that the terraces were taken from the game. It is depressing.
Not all supporters are so myopic and deluded. The support the Hillsborough campaigns have recived from across the game is heartwarming. Many fans recognise that there are bigger issues at work: public safety and the ability to trust a Government to dispense justice even-handedly.
Even the most unlikely figures have thrown their weight behind the quest for truth. In June, Eric Cantona climbed onstage and joined the Justice Tonight band — which features Mick Jones, once of The Clash, Pete Wylie and The Farm — and expressed his support for the campaign. Cantona recognises that this is a cause much too important to be obscured by tribalism. When one set of football fans is demonised unfairly and denied proper treatment, then everyone who ever attends a match is in danger.
Wednesday will see the first steps taken towards righting a 23-year-old wrong. After all these years, those who made disastrous mistakes and then lied about it may be forced to take responsibility. The real guilty men may have to admit that they were cupable.
The relatives of the dead may finally feel some closure. That can only be good.
Yet no one can take pleasure in this. The truth should not have to be battled for so hard over more than two decades. And even if those who campaigned with dogged bravery should be applauded for their achievement, how can anyone be happy when Andrew Devine and his family go through hell every day?
A stain on football’s character may be removed on Wednesday, but no one in this country can feel good about the trail of ugly events that led us to this point. There are no winners here. Only losers.
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Postby stmichael » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:50 am

massive massive day this wednesday for all those who have been fighting for justice for years.

the bbc hillsborough documentary from last night:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... the_Truth/
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Postby supersub » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:20 am

stmichael » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:50 am wrote:massive massive day this wednesday for all those who have been fighting for justice for years.

the bbc hillsborough documentary from last night:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... the_Truth/



I thought the ITV documentary last night was better presented and was more insightful for the viewers who needed a better understanding of the disaster. It's a shame that ITV and the BBC don't feel that such programmes are of a national interest and not just a local story.
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Postby stmichael » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:35 am

supersub » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:20 am wrote:
stmichael » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:50 am wrote:massive massive day this wednesday for all those who have been fighting for justice for years.

the bbc hillsborough documentary from last night:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... the_Truth/



I thought the ITV documentary last night was better presented and was more insightful for the viewers who needed a better understanding of the disaster. It's a shame that ITV and the BBC don't feel that such programmes are of a national interest and not just a local story.


yeah definitely kev. i normally can't stand itv but their documentary last night was superb i thought. hard viewing but essential.

http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/video/?Filter=324782
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