Walton MP Steve Rotheram will today introduce a motion in the House of Commons calling for Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish to recieve a knighthood.
Rotheram believes Dalglish is worthy of the prestigious title due to his valuable support for the families of the Hillsborough disaster.
In addition, Dalglish has also been instrumental, along with his wife, in the formation of the Marina Dalglish Appeal – a breast cancer charity based on Merseyside.
Rotheram, a lifelong Liverpool supporter and season ticket holder, told the Liverpool Daily Post, “The idea came out of a conversation I was having with Margaret Aspinall [chairwoman of Hillsborough Family Support Group] really as a way of recognising Kenny Dalglish, not only for his outstanding playing and managerial career but also the charity work he has done with his wife Marina for breast cancer support and what he did after Hillsborough.
“It’s common knowledge that it affected him deeply at the time. Nowadays, you would receive counselling but there he was going to four or five funerals a day and in a way he was helping to counsel those bereaved families.
“I can’t guarantee that this Early Day Motion will mean he gets a knighthood but it’s part of a process which can get the ball rolling and hopefully bring it to the attention of the people who makes those decisions.
“I know for a fact there is one Tory and one Lib-Dem who have signed it and I am hoping this will get cross-party support and support from across the whole country, not just people from Merseyside and Liverpool fans.
“Don’t forget Bob Paisley never got a knighthood and Bill Shankly never got a knighthood whereas Alex Ferguson, Matt Busby and Bobby Robson all did.
“Liverpool fans have always felt slighted by that.
“It’s a shame the number 10 petitions website was shut down because if you put a petition for Kenny Dalglish to be knighted you would have hundreds of thousands of signatories in days.”