12/09/2012 12:47 BST | Updated 13/09/2012 09:32 BST

Hillsborough: Sir Irvine Patnick Should Lose Knighthood, Says MP

The former Conservative MP who helped perpetuate untrue rumours about the cause of the Hillsborough disaster should be stripped of his knighthood, according to one Labour MP.

John Mann has written to David Cameron to insist that the "shameful and disgusting" behaviour of Sir Irvine Patnick should see him lose his honour.

The then MP for Sheffield Hallam, Sir Irvine Patnick, was identified by the Hillsborough Independent Panel as one of the main sources for inaccurate stories in the press that sought to blame Liverpool fans for the deaths of 96 people.

On Wednesday David Cameron told MPs that the Hillsborough inquiry findings were "deeply distressing" and apologised for the failures of police and government.

He said that police had looked into the records of the deceased to check for previous criminal activity, and blood alcohol levels were taken from all of the victims, including dead children, for "no good reason".

The decision as to whether or not to remove an honour is made by the Forfeiture Committee composed of senior civil servants.

It normally removes honours when people are found to have committed a criminal act or are guilty of professional misconduct.

The committee famously recently stripped the knighthood from former RBS boss Fred Goodwin over his role in the financial crisis.