Row over of Thatcher’s Hillsborough talks

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The Government is to appeal against a ruling that Margaret Thatcher’s discussions about the Hillsborough tragedy should be made public.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has ordered the release of records of a Cabinet meeting held shortly after the 1989 tragedy – when 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush at the Sheffield stadium.

He rejected the argument that the move would inhibit ‘free and frank’ exchanges between ministers bound by collective responsibility.

But a Cabinet Office spokesman said it was taking the matter to the Information Tribunal.

He said: “The Government’s view is that it is in the public interest for the process that is under way through the Hillsborough Independent Panel should be allowed to take its course.

“The terms of reference for that process includes the intention to disclose information to the Hillsborough families first.”

He said the Cabinet Office agreed with providing information to families about the disaster but it should be released by the Panel in line with its ‘terms of reference’.