The Mayor of Liverpool’s petition calling for key figures involved in the Hillsborough cover up to be stripped of their Knighthoods has been extended by a month.
It is to give people more time to express their views about the issue, particularly in light of a debate being held on the issue in the House of Commons on Monday 22 October.
Joe Anderson wrote to Sir Bob Kerslake, Chair of the Honours Forfeiture Committee, last month calling for the honours for Sir Irvine Patnick and Sir Norman Bettison to be revoked.
So far over 20,000 people have signed the petitions – with around 11,100 calling for the removal of Sir Irvine Patnick’s Knighthood and more than 9,100 calling for Sir Norman Bettison to be stripped of his Knighthood and Queen’s Police Medal.
It comes after the Hillsborough Independent Panel revealed that Patnick, the former MP for Sheffield Hallam, took the lead in actively briefing the media with lies about the role and responsibility of Liverpool FC fans at Hillsborough.
Sir Norman Bettison was previously a Chief Inspector and then Superintendent at South Yorkshire Police at the time of the disaster. The Independent Panel report highlights his production of a video tape which sought to present Liverpool FC fans as being to blame. He is now being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).