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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.
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.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has suggested that people should shop others who let their dogs poo and don't pick it up in exchange for a whole year's free council tax.
He insisted that if someone films or photographs fly-tippers and irresponsible dog owners they will not have to pay the household annual tax for one year.
The mayor said he was "getting so angry" about dog mess and litter he needed the public's help to identify culprits in the act.
He said the plans were about boosting "civil pride" in the community.
The city's Liberal Democrats leader Richard Kemp said he was unconvinced by the proposals and said they were 'Totally irresponsible'.
Mr Anderson pledged to give those whose evidence leads to a prosecution free council tax for a year.
I'm asking people [to] please help us [and] provide us with information on anybody you see allowing their dog to foul the streets... [and] provide us with an address where they live.
When they go out we'll have people covertly watching them and if it leads to prosecution, I will make sure you get your council tax for free, because we'll fine those people the maximum amount of money - £1,000.
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