The Home Secretary must reconsider her view on telling the Hillsborough families whether they were put under surveillance

Published at: February 17, 2014 10:01 AM

Responding to the Home Secretary’s refusal to comment on allegations that families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster were put under surveillance or had their phones tapped;

Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said: 

"The families have been concerned for some time that they were put under surveillance or had their phones tapped simply because they were campaigning for their loved ones.

"It is important that they should be told the full truth. The Home Secretary should make sure that any evidence of surveillance or intercept of the families in the aftermath of Hillsborough is given immediately to the IPCC, and the families should be told.

"When similar concerns were raised about surveillance of the Lawrence family last year, an investigation took place and it was confirmed by the police. In such a long running and dreadful injustice as Hillsborough, it isn't acceptable to hide behind the normal veil of secrecy. The families deserve the truth.

“I urge the Home Secretary to reconsider her view on this.”

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