Ukip leader Paul Nuttall admits Hillsborough claims were false

The leader of Ukip has apologised over a false claim that he lost close personal friends in the Hillsborough disaster. is awaiting a statement from the office of Paul Nuttall, however, a source close to Mr Nuttall has said the "first time" the Ukip leader encountered the statement on his website was during the Radio City interview.

However, at the time of publication, there remains blog post from August 2011 on Nuttall's website which repeats the claims that "close personal friends" died at Hillsborough.

Responding, the politician said he was "hurt, angry and disgusted" over the claims - which reported that a childhood friend and a former teacher could not recall Mr Nuttall ever mentioning he had attended the game or been present during the disaster.

I lost someone who I know.

Asked on Liverpool's Radio City Talk about claims he wasn't actually at the match, Nuttall defended himself but admitted he was only distantly connected to those who died on that day. "I haven't lost anyone who is a close personal friend". It's me who has made this mistake, and one I feel absolutely awful about.

He continued: "I'm sorry about that, I haven't put that out. That it is wrong". He added: "I want to make it perfectly clear". I've got witnesses, people who will stand up in court and back me 100 percent.

"It is cruel and nasty and is making out that my family are lying as well".

Hillsborough was the worst disaster in British sporting history and Nuttall has said he was at the stadium.

The 40-year-old said only "scum of the earth" would suggest his claims were not true and submitted two statements to the Guardian from his father and a Ukip staff member present during the disaster, saying he was there.

See a snapshot of the statement from Nuttall's website below.

The Ukip leader is hoping to beat Labour Party candidate Gareth Snell for departing Tristram Hunt's Stoke-on-Trent Central seat in order to become the party's second MP. "I am sure voters in Stoke will punish him as a result".

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