The statement below was issued by
the Stockline Support Group

News release : 2 October 2007

Statement issued on behalf of the ICL/Stockline Support Group

It is difficult to convey our feelings following the announcement that a public inquiry will be held into the 2004 ICL/Stockline tragedy. A tragedy in which our loved ones lost their lives, followed by our immeasurable pain and heartache for the last three and a half years.

It would be more appropriate to say that we are relieved.

Relieved, that following a series of meetings with the Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Peter Hain, the First Minister Alex Salmond and the Secretary of State for Scotland Des Browne, our campaign has been successful. We are grateful that we have had the opportunity to put our case. They have taken our views on board and agreed with us on the need for a public inquiry

Following the tragedy it was clear that there was tremendous widespread support for our call for a public inquiry, not least from the Maryhill community, and we would like to thank them for their support.

We would also like to recognise the efforts of Ann McKechin MP and Patricia Ferguson MSP and the STUC for assisting us to achieve a landmark inquiry covering both Government in Westminster and in Holyrood.

We can only get the answers we need through a public inquiry. It is gratifying, in our campaign, to have had widespread cross party support in the Scottish Parliament.

Over the next few weeks the remit of the inquiry will become clear and, only then, will we be assured that we will discover why nine people lost their lives and what steps could, and should, have been taken to prevent this tragedy.

For further information contact
Ian Tasker T 0141 337 8100 M 07974 966 227

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