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Calls for Sir Irvine to lose honour over Hillsborough

Sir Irvine Patnick receiving his knighthood at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Martin Keene/PA Wire

There were calls in the Commons for former Tory MP Sir Irvine Patnick to be stripped of his knighthood over his part in the smearing of Liverpool fans in the wake of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Former lord mayor of Liverpool Steve Rotheram, now a Labour MP, said the forfeiture committee should examine the honour.

Sir Irvine, who was revealed as one of the sources behind The Sun's controversial coverage of the tragedy, has said he was "deeply and sincerely sorry".

He insisted he had been given "wholly inaccurate" information by police officers.

Mr Rotheram said Sir Irvine had first questioned the behaviour of Liverpool fans in the Commons just two days after the tragedy, which cost 96 lives.

Mr Rotheram (Liverpool Walton) said: "The April 17 1989 Hansard makes for particularly interesting reading.

"It was clear even then that there were those in this place seeking to shift the blame onto the fans for the disaster.

"No one more ignorant to the facts than Irvine Patnick, the then Tory MP for Sheffield Hallam, who asked the home secretary to 'examine the part that alcohol played in the disaster'.

"Why, on what basis, did he ask that question?"

Labour's George Howarth (Knowsley) said: "I think if there was ever a job for the forfeiture committee, surely the scrapping of Patnick's knighthood would be it."

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