ONE year ago this week, the Hillsborough Independent Panel published its report on the events of April 15, 1989.
It demonstrated to the world that the fight the families and survivors fought had not been wasted.
Revelations of altered police reports, inaction by emergency services, and the possibility that some of those who died could have been saved shocked us all.
Since then, the campaign for justice has seen fresh momentum. The previous inquiries into the deaths have been declared unlawful.
All 96 victims will have separate inquiries, re-examining their deaths with new evidence, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun detailed and expansive investigations into the behaviour of police officers on the day, and since then.
As the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hillsborough, I and fellow members of the group regularly meet, and have had the opportunity to meet the IPCC deputy chair, Deborah Glass (soon to be replaced by Rachel Cerfontyne), and Jon Stoddart who is leading the inquiry.
It is vital that members are offered this opportunity to make our own and our constituents’ expectations clear to the IPCC and to apply scrutiny, where appropriate.
Most recently we visited the investigation headquarters in Warrington, and had the opportunity to speak to the investigators. Here, the team are poring over the many boxes of documents.
As well as this, interviews are being held with relevant people and this information will be used in the generation of evidence for the new inquiries.
Twenty-four years is too long for the families and those affected by Hillsborough to wait. Those years will never be returned to those who have had to spend a huge amount of time meeting solicitors, attending inquiries, and supporting each other.
However I am hopeful that it will not take much longer for the families to get the justice they have already waited far too long for.