Former MP ‘should lose knighthood’

FORMER Sheffield Conservative MP Sir Irvine Patnick is facing calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood for his comments about Liverpool fans in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.

An e-petition has been launched and pressure has come from Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and Labour backbench MP John Mann.

Sir Irvine, aged 82, who was Tory MP for Hallam at the time of the tragedy, has said he is “deeply and sincerely sorry” for passing to the media information from some police officers that was “wholly inaccurate, misleading and plain wrong”.

He said he was “appalled and shocked” when he discovered “the extent of the deceit and cover-up surrounding these events”.

He was named by the independent panel as one of the sources for The Sun’s notorious coverage 23 years ago which suggested “drunk and aggressive” fans forced entry to the football ground and contributed to the deadly crush.

Mr Mann said: “The shameful and disgusting behaviour of Sir Irvine Patnick is a significant feature in the Hillsborough independent panel report and his knighthood should be removed immediately,” he said.

Home Secretary Theresa May said this week that police officers or anyone else who broke the law in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster should be pursued and, if evidence is sufficient, prosecuted.