Liverpool Mayor calls for ex-MP to be stripped of knighthood over Hillsborough 'smear campaign'

Former Sheffield MP Irvine Patnick was knighted in 1994 Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire

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".

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