Strip Tory of 
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Ex-Sheffield MP Sir Irvine Patnick should be stripped of his knighthood over his “shameful” role in the Hillsborough scandal, a Labour MP said yesterday.

The former Tory member for Sheffield Hallam was named by the independent panel as one of the sources for The Sun’s notorious coverage 23 years ago.

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Labour backbencher John Mann said he had written to David Cameron calling for Sir Irvine to be stripped of his title. “The shameful and disgusting behaviour of Sir Irvine Patnick is a significant feature in the Hillsborough independent panel report and his knighthood should be removed immediately,” the Bassetlaw MP said. “David Cameron should now do the right thing and take the necessary steps to do this.”

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister’s focus today has been on the distress suffered by the families.”

Sir Irvine, 82, declined to speak to reporters as he left his home in the south-west of Sheffield yesterday.