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Tribute to late Sir Irvine Patnick

The former deputy chairman of Sheffield Hallam Conservatives has been paying tribute to Sir Irvine Patnick who has died aged 83.

There had been calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood since his role as the source The Sun's coverage of the disaster was made clear by the Hillsborough Independent Panel in September.

He will be sadly missed by his brothers and by all his family and friends.

He was a very good councillor in Sheffield and he was also a local MP at a time when obviously, when he was on the council and in government, he was very much a minority in this area, being only one of a very small band of Tories. He always did his best for Sheffield, his record over the years shows that, and I'm sure everybody who knew him would say the same.

– Alan Ryder, former Deputy Chairman of Sheffield Hallam Conservatives

Former Hillsborough MP dies

Irvine Patnick Credit: Press Association

The former Conservative MP who helped smear Liverpool fans after the Hillsborough disaster has died.

Sir Irvine Patnick, who was a source for a Sun story criticising the supporters' behaviour in the tragedy, died aged 83.

He was the MP for Sheffield Hallam from 1987 to 1997.

Amid widespread revulsion at the police cover-up which sought to shift the blame for the tragedy to the fans, Sir Irvine said in September he was "deeply and sincerely sorry" about his role. He said he had passed on police information that was "inaccurate, misleading and plain wrong".

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.

A statement, issued by his family, said:

"Sir Irvine Patnick OBE, died peacefully on 30 December 2012, aged 83, in Sheffield.

"He was a much loved husband of Lynda and father of Suzanne and Matthew.

"He'll be sadly missed by his brothers and by all his family and friends."