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Councilor backs campaign to put Hillsborough disaster on school curriculum

A Labor councilor whose father was in Hillsborough on the day of the disaster has urged Wirral council to support plans to enroll him in the school curriculum.

As well as adding the disaster to the national agenda, the Hillsborough Real Truth Legacy Project is calling for a dedicated ‘Hillsborough Day’ in the Liverpool City area, to be held on the Friday closest to the anniversary of the tragedy.

Cllr Paul Martin wants the Wirral Council to support the project. Speaking to ECHO, he said: “I am a season ticket holder at Liverpool, but this issue transcends football fans and politics.

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“My father was there, I saw how it affected him. I was eight when Hillsborough arrived, but it affected some of the people I’m closest to.

Although Cllr Martin’s father of the same name was not at the end of Leppings Lane in Hillsborough, where the disaster happened, the labor adviser said he had stayed with his father since that day.

Cllr Martin added: “Never forget that. Future generations, my own children, should be aware of the cover-up, the lies that have been printed and the failures of Labor and Conservative governments on the matter.

“This [motion] provides the toolkit for teachers to teach all about the Hillsborough disaster and the cover-up. It is important that families see the lies being told against the people of Liverpool, even today. »

The disaster itself and the cover-up was publicly acknowledged and excused in Parliament by then-Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012 following the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel (HIP) report.

The HIP report was followed by new investigations in 2016 which found the Hillsborough victims were unlawfully killed, after hearing evidence for two years. Inquiries in 2016 explicitly found that the behavior of Liverpool supporters on the day of the tragedy did not contribute to the disaster.

Cllr Martin brings a motion to Monday’s full council meeting at the New Brighton Flower Pavilion, after a similar decision was passed by Liverpool Council in January calling on the local authority to support the Hillsborough Real Truth Legacy project , led by Ian Byrne, Labor MP for Liverpool West Derby, together with many families and survivors of Hillsborough.

Hillsborough Day would see all primary and secondary schools in the Liverpool City area, which includes Wirral, take part in a special assembly. The assembly would mark the anniversary and teach children about the disaster, the cover-up and the fight for justice through dedicated educational resource kits made available to every school in the city area by local officials. education.

Part of the motion read: ‘For the sake of generations past, this is something that Wirral Town Council feels it should support and calls on all councils in the town area and beyond to do their part. support for the Real Truth Legacy project.”

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