AN APPLICATION to quash the discredited Hillsborough inquest verdicts will be made before Christmas.
The Attorney General Dominic Grieve told the Commons yesterday he had made "good progress" in drawing up the long-awaited application to the High Court – a key step in the campaign for justice for the Hillsborough victims.
But Mr Grieve insisted he could not quicken a new inquest into the death of Kevin Williams, whose mum, Anne, has terminal cancer.
An online petition calling for a speedy hearing into Kevin’s death yesterday reached 100,000 signatures, making it eligible for a Commons debate.
Mr Grieve acknowledged the "significant public support", but added: "The evidence that supports a new inquest into Kevin Williams' death is basically the same as that in relation to the deaths of all the other victims of Hillsborough.
"My duty is to act in the public interest of all the victims of Hillsborough. I consider that wider public interest requires a single application to be made in relation to these inquests."
Mrs Williams – who was last month diagnosed with bowel cancer – had previously thanked people for their “incredible support”.