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Paul Nuttall's Biography

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Paul Nuttall was born on 30 November 1976 in Liverpool.

Nuttall, who played football for Tranmere Rovers in his youth, was among the survivors of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. 

In 2017, he had to backtrack over claims that he lost close friends in the disaster.

He studied sports science at North Lincolnshire College, and history at Edge Hill College.

Paul Nuttall then did teacher training at the University of Central Lancashire.

He worked part-time as a classroom assistant at St Winefride & St Richard's Catholic Primary School, Bootle, while he took a master's degree in history at Liverpool Hope University.

Nuttall also had a stint working in Barcelona.

In 2002 he stood for the Conservative Party in a council election in Bootle.

In 2004, he joined UKIP.

From 2004 to 2006 he was a history lecturer at Liverpool Hope University. 

In December 2008 Paul Nuttall became UKIP's chairman.

In 2009 he became an MEP for the North West England.

In 2010, he became UKIP's deputy leader.

On 28 November 2016, Paul Nuttall was elected UKIP's leader, winning over 62% of the vote.

He took over the role from Nigel Farage, who had come back to act as temporary leader after the resignation of Diane James.

On 21 January 2017, Paul Nuttall was selected to stand for UKIP in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election on 23 February.

However, Nuttall came second with just under 25% of the vote, losing out to Labour's Gareth Snell, who gained 37%.

On 9 June 2017, Paul Nuttall resigned as leader of UKIP after their poor showing in the general election.

He also had a poor result in his campaign to be MP for Boston and Skegness, gaining just 3,300 votes.

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