Paul Nuttall's press officer Lynda Roughley resigns amid Hillsborough controversy

Screen shot taken from the website of Ukip leader Paul Nuttall

Screen shot taken from the website of Ukip leader Paul Nuttall

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has admitted that claims made on his website that he lost a "close personal friend" at Hillsborough are false.

A post published on the site in 2011 claimed Hillsborough was an 'appalling tragedy when 96 Liverpool fans including close personal friends of mine lost their lives'.

A post on Mr Nuttall's website dating 17 August 2011 on the disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were killed reads: "The briefings in question are the private memos that were sent to the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher".

Nuttall, a Liverpool supporter who is standing as his party's candidate in the Stoke Central by-election, has previously talked about how he was present during the disaster and how it has affected his life.

But today he denied losing any close friends when quizzed by presenter Dave Easson, who was at Hillsborough on the day of the disaster. "It's upset me personally, it's upset my family", he said today.

"That's not from me", said Nuttall.

"I haven't lost a close personal friend, he said".

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"I'm sorry about that, but that is something ..."

Mr Nuttall is said to be "furious" with the error, which as a result of "two words" has thrown up another "bad headline" for Ukip in the run-up to the February 23 by-election.

"That is something which I haven't put out".

He said: "What's happening to me now, in many ways, is a national newspaper is doing precisely what happened to the people there on the day".

Mr Nuttall told reporters on Monday he had provided two written statements to the newspaper and could "provide more" but accused the publication of having "twisted" the story. The Ukip leader has insisted he was there and has strongly denied claims to the contrary, including one friend telling The Guardian that Nuttall had "never spoken" about Hillsborough.

"It's cruel, and it's nasty, and it's making out as if my family is lying as well - which is just not fair or right", he added. "I am sure voters in Stoke will punish him as a result".

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