LIVERPOOL MP Steve Rotheram has written to fellow MPs warning them their names have appeared on a “sinister” list compiled by South Yorkshire Police following a Hillsborough debate.
The Walton MP is also demanding answers from SYP about why the dossier was compiled after the October, 2011, House of Commons debate that called for full disclosure of all documents to the Hillsborough Independent Panel.
It followed an online petition signed by more than 100,000 people that had demanded the full disclosure.
In September last year, the panel’s report shocked the world with the full truth about the cause of the disaster and the huge cover-up to blame fans for the tragedy which claimed 96 lives.
The panel also exposed the role of SYP, the force in charge of the initial inquiry, for putting in motion a huge whitewash which included the systematic alteration of police statements.
Mr Rotheram is the first MP mentioned in the SYP dossier, which was unearthed by a journalist and reported this week by Scottish legal magazine The Firm.
The dossier states about Mr Rotheram: “(Opens debate) Against the police, lies and untrue reports in the Sun. ‘Black propaganda’ re altering police stmts. (Closes debate) doesn’t add much more.”
Other Merseyside MPs also appear in the list: George Howarth (Knowsley), Bill Esterson (Sefton Central), Frank Field (Birkenhead), Luciana Berger (Wavertree), Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire), Alison McGovern (Wirral South) Stephen Twigg (West Derby), and Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port).
In relation to Mr Twigg, the report states: “Wants apology from Sun.
“Unanswered questions 3.15pm cut off, farce of inquests, police accounts being changed etc, etc.”
Mr Rotheram said he has now demanded answers from SYP in the form of a number of Freedom of Information requests.
In his letter to fellow MPs, he wrote: “I am sure you will agree that this is slightly sinister and adds to the suspicious behaviour of the South Yorkshire Police, and I wanted you to be aware of the secret dossier they had compiled on you.”
He also quotes an explanation previously given by an SYP spokesman: “For any matter of significant public interest, like the Hillsborough disaster, it is appropriate to consider the views of key stakeholders in order to assess the demands likely on the force and to provide any relevant briefings.”
Today Mr Rotheram told the ECHO: “I have sent them a number of Freedom of Information requests to ask further questions and probe a little deeper about the motives behind compiling this dossier.
“Is it the best use of South Yorkshire Police’s budget to be allocating a senior person to watch Parliamentary debates and provide a breakdown of what was said to their bosses?”