Coun­cil­lors back bid to block S*n

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JENNY KIRKHAM jenny.kirkham@trin­i­tymir­ @PJ_Kirkham

WEST Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cill has backed the To­tal Eclipse of the S*n Cam­paign. The move comes after both Liver­pool City Coun­cil and Wir­ral Coun­cil voted to back the bid to stop the pa­per being sold in the area.

Cllr Kevin Wilkie, who for­warded the mo­tion – and was at Hills­bor­ough in 1989 – gave a pas­sion­ate speech to fel­low coun­cil­lors.

“I was 14 years old when I at­tended that match with my dad and my friend. After the crush I couldn’t find my mate, but peo­ple were dead.”

Get­ting emo­tional dur­ing his speech, Cllr Wilkie urged his fel­low coun­cil­lors to sup­port him in put­ting a stop to the pa­per being sold in West Lan­cashire.

“Let’s stop it, lets stop what they’re do­ing.”

His best friend, Dave Hughes, sadly lost his fa­ther, Eric, in the dis­as­ter.

Cllr Wilkie re­fused to even men­tion the name of the news­pa­per dur­ing his speech, and he slammed the pub­li­ca­tion for fail­ing to ac­knowl­edge the in­quest, call­ing it “that rag I refuse to name.”

Coun­cil­lors who voted against the To­tal Eclipse of the S*n Cam­paign were keen to ex­press their condolences and stressed how they did not con­done the ac­tions or re­port­ing by the news­pa­per but were con­cerned that the cam­paign would be an act of cen­sor­ship on the res­i­dents they rep­re­sent.

Cllr Sam Cur­rie, who rep­re­sents Aughton and Down­hol­land, ad­dressed the coun­cil with his sym­pa­thies to the fam­i­lies af­fected by the Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter and the “ab­hor­rent be­hav­iour” of the news­pa­per but stated that he did not feel com­fort­able with telling the peo­ple of his ward what they could and could not read.

“I will never buy or read the news­pa­per my­self but it is up to the peo­ple of West Lan­cashire to make that de­ci­sion for them­selves, not through co­er­cive cen­sor­ship.”

When the recorded vote was taken, 30 coun­cil­lors voted in favour of the mo­tion, 12 voted against and eight ab­stained from vot­ing.

In the sum­mer of 2014, postal work­ers in Skelmers­dale made na­tional head­lines after they re­fused to de­liver free pro­mo­tional copies of the news­pa­per.

The S*n has been hated on Mersey­side ever since their in­fa­mous “The Truth” front page printed after the Hills­bor­ough Dis­as­ter in which 96 peo­ple were killed in which al­le­ga­tions, since proven to be un­true, were lev­elled at Liver­pool fans.

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