The Mayor of Liverpool's demanded an apology from Conservative MP Brandon Lewis, who accused the City Council of spending £2m on Beatles memorabilia. Joe Anderson claims the allegation is 'blatantly' untrue and says he wants a personal apology in Parliament.
Mayor Anderson said: “Once again, this Government is making scurrilous allegations about me and about the city of Liverpool which are blatantly untrue. This is appalling behaviour."
The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has written to the chair of the Honours Forfeiture Committee calling for Sir Irvine Patnick to be stripped of his knighthood.
Sir Irvine, who was a Sheffield MP at the time of the HIllsborough disaster, was named as one of the sources of controversial stories in The Sun newspaper in the days after the tragedy.
In his letter Mayor Anderson condemned the former MP for a "vile and appalling smear campaign" which has led to fans being "vilified and stigmatised" to deflect criticism from South Yorkshire Police and other authorities.
Mr Anderson asked for the committee to give "urgent consideration" to the actions of the former MP which, he says, have "brought the honours system into disrepute".
Mr Anderson said: "He disgracefully took a lead in actively briefing the media with despicable lies about the role and behaviour of Liverpool fans that day to deflect criticism of the police and other authorities.
"These lies have tormented the families, survivors and people of Liverpool for 23 years."
Sir Irvine yesterday issued an apology over his actions. He said he was "deeply and sincerely sorry".
"I want to make it very clear that we are not prepared to tolerate these incidents and we will be taking a strong and robust approach against those suspected of being involved.
"We would like to reassure the local community that this was a targeted attack and that incidents of this nature are still rare. We are not prepared to allow the close work we have developed with the community to be disrupted.
"I want to urge those with information to make contact with us on 0151 777 8676 immediately so that we can bring the offenders to justice and I promise you that we will act on all information given to us in our relentless pursuit of those involved.
"We can't always solve crime on our own - sometimes we need to be pointed in the right direction by local people. If you want to report a crime, but you do not want to be identified to the police, call Crimestoppers.
"Their staff will record your information and pass it on to the police so that it can be used to solve the crime. Your call will not be traced, and you won't have to testify in court or give a full statement, no matter how useful the information turns out to be.
"Crimestoppers want to know what you know not who you are and you can call them at any time on 0800 555 111.
"I would also like to thank the law-abiding people in Norris Green for their continued patience and understanding whilst this police activity is taking place."
– Chief Superintendent Jon Ward, Merseyside Police's North Liverpool Commander
"The recent fatal shooting appalled the entire community of Norris Green who were shocked at the horrific and senseless violence that took place on their doorstep.
"The vast majority of local people are decent, law abiding citizens and righty feel aggrieved that the reputation of their neighbourhood is being unfairly tarnished.
"I fully understand and support the police's decision to provide reassurance through the deployment of armed patrols.
"During my visit I am keen to find out more about the concerns of local residents and also reassure them that we are working hard with the police and other agencies to tackle this issue.
"I would urge anyone who knows anything about guns or gangs to get in contact with Merseyside Police or Crimestoppers and pass on any piece of information - large or small - that they think may be significant."