UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has been forced to admit that he lied about his personal connection to the Hillsborough Disaster after a Guardian investigation into claims Nuttall has previously made about the deaths of two ‘close personal friends’ on his website. The Guardian report has also called into question his claims to have been at the disaster, quoting several sources who claim he did not attend.
This is not the first time Nuttall has been caught lying. He has previously been caught out for erroneously claiming to have a PhD in History from Liverpool Hope University, and for claiming to have been a professional footballer for Tranmere Rovers until the club denied to have ever had him on their books.
Even earlier in this by-election campaign, he was rocked by claims that he lied about where he lived on his nomination form, breaking electoral law in the process. After withstanding calls to quit the race then, pending the police investigation, these new revelations could devastate his campaign and end his term as UKIP leader.
96 people died in the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989, including children as young as 14. Nuttall’s admission has already caused outrage on social media:
If people of Stoke vote for Nuttall after his Hillsborough lies we're probably further down the road to hell than I thought.— jim macred (@smokejack) February 14, 2017
Paul Nuttall is now more of a joke than he was in the 1st place, taking friend dying at Hillsborough is as low as it gets, fuckin whopper.— David [LFC]™ (@db2289) February 14, 2017
@paulnuttallukip lied about losing close friends at Hillsborough. The lowest possible thing for a Scouser? No trust.— Pete (@Musketteer86) February 14, 2017
For his part, Nuttall says that he didn’t make the claims in question, had no editorial control over his website, and is the victim of an over-eager press officer. He also claims that he can provide proof that he was at Hillsborough.
Nuttall’s rival in the Stoke Control by-election, Gareth Snell, is himself under fire for a series of historical tweets in which he used misogynistic slurs against panellists on ITV show Loose Women, and a female contestant on the Apprentice. He has since apologised.
Both camps, and most analysists, are suggesting that the Stoke Central by-election is set to be incredibly close. This is a must win for both parties. The by-election was triggered when former MP, Tristram Hunt, stood down to become a director at the V&A museum in London.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS