Hillsborough smear Lord dies, aged 83
Published 31/12/2012 | 05:00
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.