A former Conservative MP is facing calls to be stripped of his knighthood after the Hillsborough Independent Panel revealed he was one of the sources for The Sun's "The Truth" article in 1989, which contained lies about Liverpool fans in the disaster
A former Conservative MP named as one of the sources behind The Sun's controversial coverage of the Hillsborough tragedy today said he was "deeply and sincerely sorry" for the part he played in the scandal.
Sir Irvine Patnick said he had been given "wholly inaccurate" information by some members of the police and was "appalled" at the extent of the cover-up surrounding the disaster.
But the former Tory MP for Sheffield Hallam said he "totally" accepted responsibility for repeating the information, which led to the tabloid newspaper's notorious front page story headlined The Truth.
An MP said that police officers and other officials who were recognised with an honour following the Hillsborough disaster but implicated in the cover-up should be stripped of their awards.
In a question to Commons Leader Andrew Lansley, the SDLP's Mark Durkan (Foyle) said:
Can you tell us when and from whom we may expect a statement indicating that the Forfeiture Committee is going to look at the honours attached to the names of anyone implicated in the scandalous syndicate of deceit exposed yesterday?
Mr Lansley said he would ask a Government colleague to write to Mr Durkan if the committee decided to review honours handed out to those involved.
Labour MP John Mann has written to David Cameron calling for the Forfeiture Committee to strip former Tory MP Tory Sir Irvine Patnick of his knighthood for his role in reporting of the events of the Hillsborough disaster.
In a video posted on The Sun's website, its current editor, Dominic Mohan, responded to today's Hillsborough report and said the newspaper had "made a terrible mistake" in publishing "an inaccurate and offensive story about the events at Hillsborough".
Mr Mohan added: "We're deeply ashamed and profoundly sorry".
He also said that the newspaper had co-operated fully with the Hillsborough Independent Panel and will publish reports of its findings in Thursday's newspaper.
He concluded by saying: "We will also reflect our deep sense of shame."