UKIP leader Paul Nuttall confirms he'll stand for election

Nuttall has attracted controversy for his statements on Hillsborough

Paul Nuttall contested the Stoke by-election in February, but lost

Thursday, April 27, 2017

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has confirmed he'll stand in the forthcoming election, vowing to "lead the party into battle."

Neither UKIP nor Nuttall has yet named the seat, but an announcement is due in the next 48 hours.

The outspoken eurosceptic has remained in the headlines since succeeding Nigel Farage as UKIP leader last November, most recently comparing himself to Gandhi and suggesting he is years ahead of his time.

Nuttall contested the Stoke by-election in February but eventually lost out to Labour, a damaging defeat for the party given that Stoke voted heavily in favour of Brexit in last year's referendum.

The Liverpudlian has also been embroiled in controversy over false claims that he lost friends at the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, and faced scrutiny over his views on issues such as abortion and climate change.