Lord Tebbit has called on the Government to set up a public inquiry into the 1985 bombing of Brighton’s Grand Hotel.
The politician said victims of the attack deserved the same level of examination of the incident as those of Bloody Sunday.
He spoke in response to the publication of the report of the Saville inquiry, which has spent 12 years investigating the notorious 1972 incident when 13 civil rights campaigners died in clashes with British troops in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
The report, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday, judged that British troops had breached discipline as they fired on participants in a civil rights march.
In a blog Lord Tebbit, whose wife was left disabled by the Brighton Bombing, which targeted Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, said: “The victims of Brighton are no less important than those of Londonderry. They should not be treated as second-class victims.”
Lord and Lady Tebbit recently returned to the Grand Hotel, in King’s Road, Brighton, to commemorate the 35 anniversary of the tragedy.