BRITAIN'S top judge is being urged to rule on fresh Hillsborough inquests within days or weeks – to grant the wish of desperately ill mum Anne Williams.
MPs will today write to the Lord Chief Justice to plead for a speedy decision, because Mrs Williams – a tireless campaigner for justice, after losing 15-year-old son Kevin in the tragedy – has terminal cancer.
The Attorney General who will before Christmas ask the High Court to quash the discredited verdict of “accidental death” has warned the timetable will then be out of his hands.
But Labour MP Andy Burnham said there was no reason why the Court could not immediately set out a speedy timetable for that hearing on "compassionate grounds".
And he revealed that other family members of Hillsborough victims, as well as Mrs Williams, were in poor health and badly in need of an early response.
The letter has been sent to Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, by Mr Burnham and local Labour MPs Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood), Steve Rotheram (Walton) and Derek Twigg (Halton).
It describes the pledge of an application to the High Court in December as "extremely welcome news for the families of the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough".
But it says: "Such is the length of the wait for justice they have faced, and such is the toll that this has taken on them, many family members are now in extremely poor health.
"Anne Williams, who has fought for many years for a new inquest, is suffering from a terminal illness.
“We are sorry to say that Anne is not the only bereaved parent from Hillsborough in this terrible position."
Arguing for a speedy hearing, the letter adds: "For compassionate reasons, we are hoping that it might be arranged in a matter of days or, if necessary, weeks of receiving the Attorney General's application, rather than months."
The move follows the enormous support for an e-petition calling for Kevin's inquest to be brought forward, which has collected more than 105,000 signatures.
Mr Burnham added: "There has been a huge outpouring of support for Anne. This is something we can do for her and the other family members, to get the inquest verdict quashed quickly."
It is not clear how long a hearing would take.
Some believe that – if the application focuses on the 3.15pm cut-off time at the original inquest – then it could be straightforward.
The Attorney General has warned that any fresh inquest may then have to await the conclusions of prosecutions in relation to the Hillsborough cover-up, but some MPs dispute this.
Attempts were underway to secure the signatures of local Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs on the letter, to make it a cross-party appeal.
Mr Rotheram said: "We are looking at any possible angle to continue to raise awareness of the Hillsborough disaster and keep the pressure on to speed up the process, given Anne's illness."