Sunday 20 August 2017

Everyone's making fun of Paul Nuttall after he announced where he would be standing for MP

By Catherine Wyatt

In the past, he has been criticised for false claims

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall will stand in the General Election as a candidate in Boston and Skegness, he has announced.

Nuttall described it as “a great honour and a privilege” to be standing for Ukip in the seat.

When asked if he can win Boston, Nuttall said: “There’s six weeks to go in this campaign, the Conservative MP campaigned to remain during the referendum, 70% of people voted to leave the European Union and we’ve got a good active branch.

“We’ll be giving it a good go.”

However, his reputation for dishonesty led to some people on Twitter making fun of the candidate.

In the past, Nuttall has come under criticism for claims that turned out to be false.

For six years the candidate’s website talked about losing close friends in the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Liverpool football fans died in 1989.

The claim turned out to be false, with a Ukip press officer taking the blame.

Asked if he would make a general apology to the people of Liverpool, Nuttall said: “I want to put this in perspective, right.

“I didn’t check something which went up on my website. It’s not as if I’ve taken illegally from the public purse. It’s not as if I’ve said something racist, it’s not as if I have sent people to war.”

There were also reports that his CV included claims that were not accurate, such as a PhD from Liverpool Hope University.

He said: “No, I’ve never claimed I’ve got a PhD. It’s not on my website. It’s on a LinkedIn page that wasn’t put up by us and we don’t know where it’s come from.”

After the announcement, Nuttall said: “I will make it my mission to stand up for the people of Boston and Skegness and ensure there is no backsliding on Brexit.”

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