MPs debating the Hillsborough disaster heard the harrowing details of a Formby father’s experiences in the hours following the 1989 tragedy.
In a speech during the debate into the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report in the House of Commons, Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson paid tribute to the 18 people from Sefton who lost their lives at the 1989 disaster and their families who have "never given up the fight for justice".
During the five-and-a-half hour debate, Mr Esterson detailed the experiences of Barry Devonside, of Stapleton Road, Formby, who was in the stands at Hillsborough while 18-year-old son Christopher was in the Leppings Lane end with a friend.
Mr Esterson said: "Barry was given the run-around on the day by the police.
“We now have confirmation that this was while the cover-up was starting and senior police officers were desperately trying to agree a story blaming the victims for their own deaths."
Mr Esterson also outlined the shocking behaviour of the police during the original inquest process.
He said: “Barry also attended the inquests.
“He told me what happened when the results were announced.
“In front of Barry and other family members, the police celebrated the accidental death verdict.
Mr Esterson said: "In his words, ‘Crates of wine and beer were brought into an adjacent room where about 20 senior police officers toasted their success with the coroner’.
"As he said to me, 'How's that for impartiality?'”
Speaking after the debate, Mr Devonside said he and fellow families would continue to fight for new inquests and criminal prosecutions for those involved in the cover up.
He said: “I welcome any new investigation. This was the biggest conspiracy carried out by a police force in a 100 years and the weight of evidence shows that to me, it is inevitable that there will be a new inquest.”