Paul Nuttall admits Hillsborough 'close friends' claim false

Paul Nuttall admits Hillsborough 'close friends' claim false

Paul Nuttall has admitted he didn't lose close personal friends at Hillsborough

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The leader of UKIP has admitted that he did not in fact lose "close personal friends" at Hillsborough - contradicting his earlier claims.

Paul Nuttall, who will shortly stand for election in the Stoke by-election, had made the claim in a post on his website

In the post, which cover sattempts to suppress the publication of files relating to the Hillsborough Inquiry, Nuttall wrote: "Without [the files] 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.”

However the Liverpool-born politician, who was elected UKIP leader in succession to Nigel Farage last year, has now rowed back from the claim in an interview with Radio City News.

"I haven't lost a close, personal friend," Mr Nuttall said. "I've lost someone who I know."

Nuttall has also previously said he was on the Hillsborough terraces on the day of the disaster, although this claim has been contradicted in some quarters.