Labour launches justice reforms

Labour is proposing a major new package of reforms to the Policing and Criminal Justice system, to try to rebalance the system, in favour of ordinary families, so no one has to go through what the families of the 96 did.

The Shadow Home Secretary explained why;

"The 27-year struggle of the Hillsborough families exposes just how the odds are often stacked against ordinary families in their quest for truth about the loss of loved ones, with too much power is in the hands of the authorities."

He added;

"Hillsborough must mark a moment of real change - when Parliament resolves to rebalance the police and criminal justice system and put more power in the hands of ordinary people to get justice. Never again should any bereaved families have to fight like the Hillsborough families have had to fight."

The package of reforms include;

  • A legal right for bereaved families to receive equal funding for legal representation as the Police at Inquests.
  • No time limit on the period after leaving the force that a retired officer can be investigated for misconduct.
  • A requirement for the Government to proceed with an inquiry into relations between Police and press.
  • A ban on 'unattributable briefings' to the media by Police in respect of incidents under investigation.
  • Secure the independence of the current Independent Police Complaints Commission by preventing the hiring of former Police staff to the body's executive.
  • Codify the common law offence of misconduct in public office and to make it a criminal offence.

Hillsborough campaigner, Margaret Aspinall, will speak to Parliament, about her experiences with the police and the Criminal Justice System over the past 27 years.