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Sunday 20 April 2014

Hillsborough smear Lord dies, aged 83

The former Conservative MP who helped smear Liverpool fans after the Hillsborough disaster has died.

Sir Irvine Patnick, who was a source for a 'Sun' story criticising the supporters' behaviour in the tragedy, has died aged 83, the BBC said.

He was the MP for Sheffield Hallam from 1987 to 1997.

A successful businessman before becoming an MP, he was knighted in 1994.

Amid widespread revulsion at the police cover-up of the tragedy in which 96 Liverpool football fans died in the crush, Sir Irvine said in September he was "deeply and sincerely sorry" about his role.

Irish Independent

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