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Jack Straw: 'Culture of impunity' in Thatcher's police


When New Labour came to power in 1997, Tony Blair's government appointed Lord Justice Stuart-Smith to head a new judicial scrutiny into the Hillsborough disaster, but it was to become yet another failure.

Jack Straw, who was the incoming home secretary who ordered the report and accepted its findings, said that it is "a matter of great regret" to him that the report was not as thorough as it had been.

He said that the South Yorkshire police were "dragging their feet" in providing all the necessary files on the disaster to Lord Justice Stuart-Smith.

Speaking on the Today programme, he said that Margaret Thatcher's government had created a "culture of impunity" in the police force at the time, making them feel "immune to the outside world".

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