Derek Hatton has praised Liverpool City Council for backing an official campaign calling on retailers to stop selling The Sun, 27 years after its infamous headline about the Hillsborough football stadium disaster.
Sales of the tabloid newspaper in Liverpool have been almost nonexistent since it published an article in the days after 96 fans were crushed to death at Hillsborough in April 1989. Under the headline 'The Truth', the article blamed the tragedy on drunken Liverpool fans, and also accused them of urinating on police as they tried to save the dying.
In 2012 The Sun published an apology under the headline 'The Real Truth,' after a report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel exonerated Liverpool fans. However the boycott continued and Liverpool councillors have now voted to make it official, in a motion which was approved without debate.
Hatton, who led the council during the 1980s and is now a local broadcaster, praised the decision, telling Julia Hartley-Brewer: "They should have done it a long time ago.
"The feeling in Liverpool about The Sun is very strong for very good reasons. Lies were told at the time, and people in the city still feel very strongly about it.
"When that happened, there was not a single person who didn't know someone who was affected by it."
"It meant a lot then and it's meant a lot since then."
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