Anne Williams - From Petition to Debate - get your MP on it!

Kevin Williams

"Justice delayed is justice denied!" - Gladstone

Hello all and welcome to Phase Two: How to keep the momentum going.

Well, we got there with the 100k+ signatures - stunning work by you all to get it over the line, we know that Anne is touched by that, she is delighted with the support that she has received and the campaign is keeping her going. But it's not over. Not by a long shot.

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/13-sept-2012-wms-e-petitions.pdf

The petition reaching 100k in no way guarantees a Parliamentary Debate. What has to happen now is a submission to the Backbench Business Committee to decide one of three fates:

  1. A full debate in the Chamber, with a vote at the end (like the one last October, championed by Steve Rotheram)
  2. A Westminster Hall debate, with no vote at the end (like the one this February, championed by leader of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Andrew Lansley - he was also responsible for pushing through the need for departments to respond when petitions hit 10k)
  3. Nothing, zip, nada, other than the hope that the AG will deliver

Options 1 and 2 will give our MPs the opportunity to present a case to answer for the removal of delay in the process, providing that debate can happen quickly! Debating the unanswered questions (see template) is critical because the Prime Minister himself has referred to the delays in the past as "indefensible" - delay now, at this crucial stage, would be equally inexcusable.

(Yes, we know that the Attorney General has to "get it right" - it's his job to "get it right" - but he has had all the information he needs in order to do that job right for months now! There is no excuse - make the application!)

But to get a debate going, "someone" needs to kick the ball. As far as we currently know, the submission to the Backbench Business Committee has not been made yet. This is where you come in.

Write to your local MPs, especially the ones in the NW! There's a template to follow, feel free to use or adapt.

Write to Andrew Lansley! There is a template for that too.

Apply to QT and try and get yourselves into the audience for Dec 6th and potentially ask some of the questions that need answering (see template for guidance). There's an entire thread on that process!

MPs' letter - suggested email/letter template

Remember, we don't need to educate our MPs on the facts, we just need to lobby them to make and support a submission on the back of the epetition!

Dear .......

You will no doubt know already that the recent e-petition, to expedite the inquest into Kevin Williams' death at Hillsborough, has breached the 100k signatures target.

I know that this is insufficient to guarantee either a debate in the Chamber with a vote or a debate in Westminster Hall without a vote. Therefore I am appealing to you for help.

I have been told that what needs to happen now is for "someone, a champion" of the cause to step forward and pick up the baton. The last time there was a petition regarding Kevin's case the Leader of the House stepped forward, resulting in the February debate, which was attended by, amongst many others, the Attorney General himself.

Any football coach will tell you that there is "no-one on the team called 'someone' - get a name on it!" This is why I am writing to you, my local MP. No doubt other people are writing to their local MP. We hope by this method to persuade several people to step forward and submit.

It is my fervent belief that the question of an Inquest still requires debate, as a number of issues still requires clarification, namely;

  • when exactly will the Attorney General submit to the High Court for the inquest verdicts to be quashed?
  • how long will it take for the High Court to turn this around once the application is made, and is there anything we can do to pressurise them to expedite this process?
  • if the High Court does quash the original inquest verdicts, how long will it take for the Attorney General to set new inquests in motion?
  • where will the new inquests take place?
  • who will pay for the new inquests? At the last debate mention was made of the costs coming from the public purse
  • can the Attorney General clarify what he meant by "criminal proceedings slowing things down"? As I understand it, these two processes can, and have previously, run in parallel and there should be no reason for this to slow the process down

William Gladstone is widely accredited with the citation, "Justice delayed is justice denied." This is a painfully apt slogan for this stage of our campaign and I urge you to join it by stepping forward and submitting an application through the Backbench Business Committee and calling for a debate into the questions raised above.

Time for Anne is heartbreakingly short and I am further reminded of the Prime Minister's own words on September 12th; "...the indefensible wait to get to the truth..."

These words ring hollow without solid progress.

Please help us to maintain momentum towards the end goal of having the verdicts quashed and the new inquests set up by stepping forward and making the submission.

Yours sincerely,

Leader of the House (The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley) suggested letter/email template

Dear Mr Lansley,

I am writing to you regarding the recent e-petition, asking for the inquest into Kevin Williams' death at Hillsborough to be expedited, which recently exceeded the requisite 100k signatures goal for further consideration.

The last time there was an e-petition regarding Kevin Williams I know that you pushed for the debate that was subsequently held at Westminster Hall in February this year. As a passionate supporter of Anne Williams' fight for justice I want to thank you for that.

I am writing to humbly request whether you might take up the baton this time around too and push for a prompt debate on the on-going issue of the Inquest into Kevin's death and indeed the deaths of the other 95 Hillsborough victims.

It is my fervent belief that the question of an Inquest still requires debate, as a number of issues still requires clarification, namely;

  • when exactly will the Attorney General submit to the High Court for the inquest verdicts to be quashed?
  • how long will it take for the High Court to turn this around once the application is made, and is there anything we can do to pressurise them to expedite this process?
  • if the High Court does quash the original inquest verdicts, how long will it take for the Attorney General to set new inquests in motion?
  • where will the new inquests take place?
  • who will pay for the new inquests? At the last debate mention was made of the costs coming from the public purse
  • can the Attorney General clarify what he meant by "criminal proceedings slowing things down"? As I understand it, these two processes can, and have previously, run in parallel and there should be no reason for this to slow the process down

William Gladstone is widely accredited with the citation, "Justice delayed is justice denied." This is a painfully apt slogan for this stage of our campaign and I urge you to join it by stepping forward and submitting an application through the Backbench Business Committee and calling for a debate into the questions raised above.

Time for Anne is heartbreakingly short and I am further reminded of the Prime Minister's own words on September 12th; "...the indefensible wait to get to the truth..." These words ring hollow without solid progress.

Please help us to maintain momentum towards the end goal of having the verdicts quashed and the new inquests set up.

Yours sincerely,