Ukip bravado busted as Paul Nuttall admits false Hillsborough claim

Alicia WestFeb 15, 2017

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has admitted he did not lose "personal friends" in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, despite multiple previous claims appearing on his website and elsewhere that he was close to some of the 96 fans who died in one of Britain's worst sporting disasters.

Nuttall, a Liverpudlian, wrote in an article criticising the government in 2011 that he had lost close personal friends and repeated the claims in a separate article from 2012.

Nuttall's post, which slammed the Cabinet Office's decision to keep information about Hillsborough from the public, said: "Without them being made public we will never get to the bottom of that appalling tragedy when 96 Liverpool fans including close personal friends of mine lost their lives".

Nuttall maintains that he was at Hillsborough in 1989 on the day of the disaster, but records from the politician's Bootle School (he was 12 at the time and those who attended were marked down) suggest this is also false. "It's upset me personally, it's upset my family", he said today.

But Mr Nuttall rejected allegations he was not at the match, insisting he was at the Leppings Lane end at Hillsborough as the tragedy unfolded.

"I haven't lost a close, personal friend".

"I have today offered my resignation, I could not be more sorry".

In the article, it was reported two people, a childhood friend and a former teacher, could not recall Mr Nuttall ever mentioning he had been at the stadium disaster. He added: "I want to make it perfectly clear. I've got witnesses, people who will stand up in court and back me 100 per cent". "It's making out as if my family are lying as well, which is just not fair or right".

The admission comes just four days after the Guardian revealed that Nuttall had also apparently lied about being a Hillsborough survivor. After the Merseyside team stated he had been a member of its youth side, but never a professional, Mr Nuttall blamed his website's statement on a Ukip press officer.

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