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  1. Published on: 06/11/2017 06:54 PMReported by: rogerblaxall
    Former Edge Hill professor and Hillsborough campaigner, Phil Scraton, has revealed he received death threats while trying to get justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the disaster in 1989.

    He was appointed a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel (HIP) and led its research team, made the revelation when he appeared on the long-running Radio 4's 'Desert Island Discs' recently.

    It features guests being invited to name the eight pieces of music, plus a book and a ‘luxury’ item, which they would take with them if given a choice on a desert island.

    During the show, the professor, who worked at Edge Hill for 13 years from 1990 to 2003, said: “My work has not all been without challenge. I had death threats to my home phone number, which was ex-directory, and have had a whole series of checks - or attempted checks - put on me at my workplace, although not at my present one, Queen’s University in Belfast.

    “I had one famous memo at work which said I should think less about being involved in Hillsborough and more about getting on with my academic work.

    “But I get by with help from my friends and the love and support of those who are close to me.”

    Kop ‘anthem’, You’ll Never Walk Alone - which he called the Merseyside hymn - was his one chosen record: the track, from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, has been recorded by a number of artists and has been sung at every Hillsborough memorial service, becoming an anthem for Liverpool FC fans.

    And he also spoke about his time on the Hillsbourgh Independent Panel which led to a second inquest, commenting: "I was in the court when the verdict of the jury was read out and when they arrived at the ‘unlawfully killed verdict’ there was an immediate response of vindication among the families I was sitting with.

    “However, still there was an issue because the next question was ‘did the fans in anyway contribute to that unlawful killing’ and when the verdict was read out as ‘no’ I broke down.

    "I will never forget that moment of families comforting me.”
     

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