Hillsborough files released: As it happened

Key points

  • The prime minister makes a "proper apology" to the families of those that have died. "I am profoundly sorry," he says
  • Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie, who wrote the headline The Truth, has offered his "profuse apologies to the people of Liverpool"
  • David Crompton, chief constable of South Yorkshire Police, "profoundly apologises" to both the families of the 96 Hillsborough victims and Liverpool fans in general
  • The panel finds that a total of 41 people out of 96 "had the potential to be saved" beyond the 1515 time determined by the original inquest
  • The report finds flaws in the police operation and new evidence that the police carried out checks on those who had died in order to "impugn their reputations"
  • The report finds 164 statements were "significantly amended" and 116 "removed negative comments" about policing operation

Live text


  • Samantha Dalton 
  • Julian Joyce 

Last updated 12 September 2012

BREAKING 1730 Breaking News

Crowds are now starting to gather outside St George's Hall in central Liverpool for a vigil in honour of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.


Welcome to the BBC News live page, bringing you the latest updates as previously unseen files regarding the Hillsborough disaster are released. Ninety-six Liverpool football club fans died from crush injuries at Sheffield Wednesday's ground on 15 April 1989 during an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.


More than 400,000 pages of documents relating to the disaster from more than 80 organisations have been painstakingly analysed by the Hillsborough Independent Panel over the past 18 months. MPs agreed to the full uncensored disclosure of Cabinet papers in 2011.


Norman Smith, Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

Downing Street say the Prime Minister received a copy of the Hillsborough report this morning in order to enable him to prepare his statement to the Commons. The PM's spokesman said Mr Cameron received his copy of the report after it was given to the families. The statement is due at 12:30 BST.


Prime Minister's Questions: David Cameron begins by paying tribute to soldiers killed in Afghanistan - Guardsman Karl Whittle and Sgt Lee Davidson.


Norman Smith, Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

"The expectation has to be there will be some sort of apology from the British government" in the PM's statement this afternoon.


Nick Robinson, Political editor

Standby for Bloody Sunday-style apology from PM after reading Hillsborough report but will it focus on role of police or politicians?


Prime Minister's Questions: Conservative MP Lorraine Fulbroook asks about strike action by unions, after the TUC agreed this week to look into a general strike. The PM says the unions "are a threat to our economy" and challenges Ed Miliband not to take any more money from unions.


Prime Minister's Questions: The atmosphere is subdued in the Commons, possibly because of the statement on Hillsborough which is due to follow.


Prime Minister's Questions: Labour leader Ed Miliband starts by asking about long-term unemployment and youth unemployment. The PM denies the government is complacent.


Prime Minister's Questions: Ed Miliband asks whether the PM is going to fail to meet his target to see debt falling by the next election. He says "Plan A is not working". The PM says the government has already cut the deficit by a quarter and attacks Labour's big idea of predistribution set out by Ed Miliband last week.