UKIP Leader Admits Claims He Lost "Close Personal Friends" At Hillsborough Are False

"I'm sorry about that. I haven't put that out. That is wrong."

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Heir to the throne of Farage, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has admitted claims made on his website that he lost "close personal friends" at the Hillsborough disaster are false.

A post on Nuttall's website about attempts to block the publication of files concerning the Hillsborough Inquiry said: "Without them being made public we will never get to the bottom of that appalling tragedy when 96 Liverpool fans including close personal friends of mine lost their lives."

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Speaking to Radio City, the Merseyside-born politician admitted that, in fact, he hadn't lost anyone close to him during the tragic events at Hillsborough in 1989.

Presenter Dave Easton, who was at the stadium himself, found the post while preparing for his interview, bringing it up with the MEP during the live interview.

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"I don't know who's written that." Nuttall responded, before continuing.

"Well.. that's not from me sorry. That is absolutely...[silence] Nah, I'm sorry, I haven't lost a close personal friend.

"I've lost someone who I know but I don't know who's written that. It was people who I knew through football and things like that.

"I haven't put that out. It is wrong."

Dave Easton then clarified: "I basically just went through your website last night, searched for Hillsborough.

"It's your own site. Do you see where this goes with you being a politician? People will find these things and whether you believe that or not, you're the person who will be shot at."

The interview comes after a Guardian article cast doubt on Nuttall's claims that he was actually at the stadium when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death.

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.

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