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UKIP's leader faces more questions about claims on his website

Paul Nuttall addressing UKIP's Spring conference Credit: ITV Granada

UKIP's party's leader Paul Nuttall has faced fresh questions about claims made on his website.

He's hoping to take the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat from Labour in Thursday's by-election.

But he faced further claims about inaccuracies on his website after a training charity denied an assertion on his website that he had been on its board.

His website, which has been taken down for "scheduled maintenance" after it emerged that claims he lost "close personal friends" in the Hillsborough disaster were false, suggested that he was joining the board of the North West Training Council (NWTC).

A press release from September 2009 said the North West England MEP was invited to the post after accepting an invitation to visit the NWTC.

"They are doing a first-class job and I am thrilled at the honour of being a board member," Mr Nuttall said.

But the organisation's chief executive, Paul Musa, said Mr Nuttall had never served on the board.

He told the Guardian: "Mr Nuttall was never invited to become a board member of NWTC as this would need to be a directive of the NWTC board, who he never met."

A Ukip spokesman said he was "rather surprised that this has just cropped up" and insisted the press release was put out with NWTC's knowledge.

"If it had not been accurate, don't you think it would have been complained about at the time?" the spokesman said.

UKIP's show of unity for embattled leader Paul Nuttall

Members of UKIP stood and applauded their embattled leader Paul Nuttall at the party's Spring Conference.

There was anger this week when it emerged claims on his website that he lost close friends at Hillsborough were in fact false.

But today the politician from Bootle hit out at what he called a "smear campaign" against him, after some claimed he wasn't at the disaster at all.

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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall faces party conference in Bolton

Paul Nuttall Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall will face his party for the first time today since the revelations of false claims made about Hillsborough.

The party faithful will be in Bolton as the UKP Party Conference gets underway.

Mr Nuttall came under fire after he was forced to apologise about false claims that he lost close personal friends in the disaster.

They were posted on his website, though UKIP press officer Lynda Roughley has said she was "entirely responsible" for the website post and had offered her resignation.

Mr. Nuttall is just days away from contesting a Parliamentary by-election in Stoke-on-Trent,

Watch: Ukip's Paul Nuttall is under increasing pressure over Hillsborough 'lies'

There is growing pressure on the UKIP party leader Paul Nuttall after it was revealed claims he made about losing a close friend at Hillsborough were false.

Mr Nuttall has apologised, and said he hadn't read the claims on his website.

Meanwhile, UKIP's financial backer, the businessman Arron Banks, has been tweeting about it claiming the families have been milking the disaster and he describes it as an accident.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox has tonight's top story.

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Ukip donor says he's "sick to death of hearing about" Hillsborough

Ukip donor Arron Banks has Tweeted a bizarre string of comments about the Hillsborough disaster.

It comes after Ukip leader Paul Nuttall admitted that he didn't have close friends who died at the disaster.

Credit: Twitter/Arron Banks
Credit: Twitter/Arron Banks
Credit: Twitter/Arron Banks

Steve Kelly, who lost his brother Michael at the Hillsborough disaster said:

I'm appalled by Nuttall's comments. If he was there why didn't he support the campaigning for answers.

I also finds Arron Banks's comments hugely offensive and ill informed.

At a time when the families of the victims are waiting to see whether the Crown Prosecution Service will prosecute those responsible, comments like these are not helpful

– Steve Kelly
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