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David Cameron mulls Gerry Conlon's dying wish to release Guildford pub bombing files

By Arj Singh

David Cameron has said he will "look at" the possibility of fulfilling Gerry Conlon's dying wish.

Mr Conlon and the rest of the Guildford Four served 15 years of a life sentence after being wrongly convicted of the IRA's 1974 Guildford pub bombing.

Five people were killed and 65 injured.

The convictions were overturned in 1989.

SDLP MP Mark Durkan told the House of Commons that Mr Conlon had been promised access to secret documents relating to the bombing at the National Archives in Kew, west London, by the previous Victims' Commissioner for Northern Ireland.

Mr Durkan said Mr Conlon's dying wish was that people see the papers, which he said will not be released until 75 years after they were first circulated.

He asked the prime minister: "Will you ensure that the dying wish of an innocent man is honoured?"

Mr Cameron replied: "I'm very happy to look at the specific request about the records at Kew which hasn't been put to me before and perhaps contact you about that issue."

Further reading

Gerry Conlon: A victim of the state wrongfully jailed for Guildford bombings

Gerry Conlon: An innocent man and troubled soul

Gerry Conlon, wrongly convicted of Guildford pub bombings, dies in Belfast aged 60 

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