Derek has welcomed the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's Report confirming the truth regarding the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster and its aftermath.
Derek worked closely with the Hillsborough Family Support Group in drawing up the terms of reference for the Indpendent Panel during negotiations with the then Labour Government.
"This totally vindicates what the families, campaigners and Liverpool supporters have been saying for 23 years - that there was a massive police cover up, the emergency service response was appalling, the 3.15pm cut-off point was arbitrary and the inquests were flawed. The scale of the findings run wider than these issues and are truly shocking, not least the revelation that 41 of the 96 who died potentially might have survived.
Those of us who were at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989 know what happened but the revelations from the Report have still been astonishing. It is deeply depressing that institutions like the police and the health services who we were all brought up to respect behaved in the way that has been exposed in the Report.
I have found the Report disturbing but I also had a sense of relief that the campaign for the truth has been fully vindicated. There is also clearly a sense of anger and justice now needs to be done. People need to be held accountable and many of the families want new inquests.
I will be supporting their requests to the Attorney General to get the High Court to quash the verdict of 'accidental health' so that new inquests can be held.
I want to record my utmost respect and admiration for the families of the 96 for the determined and dignified way they have campaigned for justice over the past 23 years."
Justice for the 96.
Derek welcomed the apology from the Prime Minister on Wednesday in the House of Commons.
His questioning of David Cameron and the Prime Minister's response can be viewed at:
Link to item on publications.parliament.uk