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

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has admitted a claim of his that some "close personal friends" died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster are not true. "I don't know who's written that".

The latest Hillsborough controversy to engulf the Ukip leader came as his party was attempting to capitalise on text messages sent by Labour's candidate for the Stoke by-election.

When presented with his previous statement, he said: "I'm sorry about that, but that is something which".

"You said you lost a close personal friend - it's on your website", said host David Easson to objections from Nuttall.

In a second press release published six months later, he was quoted as saying: "I lost close friends at the match and understand as well as anyone how deep the scars of that tragedy go".

He would have been 12 at the time.

The MEP said: "I haven't lost a close personal friend - I've lost someone who I know". It's me who has made this mistake, and one I feel absolutely bad about.

At the weekend, he denied a report in the Guardian that cast doubt about whether he was present, saying he was "angrier than I've ever been and I thought I had seen everything in politics".

He added: "I just want to make it perfectly clear - I was there on that day". I've got witnesses, people who will stand up in court and back me 100 percent.

"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.

One of Nuttall's former teachers at Savio high school in Liverpool, said the school had kept a list of children who had been at Hillsborough so that it could offer them support, but Nuttall's name was reportedly not on the list.

Mr Nuttall was elected UKIP leader in November, having served as Nigel Farage's deputy for many years.

Gareth Snell has apologised for texts from 2010 and 2011 referring to "squabbling sour faced ladies", a "stupid woman" and a "speccy blond girl".

He also made remarks about Janet Street-Porter and a woman on BBC's The Apprentice.

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