Minister ‘mindful’ of disaster families

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The UK government is “very mindful” of the financial pressures faced by the Hillsborough families, should judges sitting at the High Court tomorrow decide to order fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims, the Justice Secretary has said.

Chris Grayling said the government was taking the families into consideration, after Labour MP Steve Rotheram asked whether ministers would offer financial support should the High Court decide to quash the original inquest verdicts and order new investigations.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve is expected at the High Court tomorrow to ask for senior judges to quash the accidental death verdicts following the original inquests into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans in 1989 football stadium disaster.