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Paul Nuttall
Leader of the UK Independence Party Delegation in the European Parliament
Assumed office
November 2015
Preceded by Roger Helmer
Deputy Leader
of the UK Independence Party
Assumed office
8 November 2010
Leader Nigel Farage
Preceded by David Campbell Bannerman
Chairman of the UK Independence Party
In office
8 September 2008 – 8 November 2010
Preceded by John Whittaker
Succeeded by Steve Crowther
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Preceded by John Whittaker
Constituency North West England
Personal details
Born Paul Andrew Nuttall
(1976-11-30) 30 November 1976 (age 39)
Bootle, Merseyside, England
Nationality British
Political party UK Independence Party
Alma mater
Religion Roman Catholic

Paul Andrew Nuttall MEP (born 30 November 1976) is a British politician, who serves as Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party, President of the Initiative for Direct Democracy in Europe, and Member of the European Parliament for North West England.

Education and early career

Born in Bootle, Nuttall was educated at Savio High School and Hugh Baird College in the town. He received an HND in Sports Science from North Lincolnshire College, before studying History at Edge Hill College graduating as BA and later as MA from Liverpool Hope University, where he specialised in British Edwardian politics; he also received a Certificate of Education from the University of Central Lancashire.

Following his studies and before entering politics, Nuttall lived and worked in Barcelona before returning to Merseyside to lecture in history at Hugh Baird College and then at Liverpool Hope University.

In 2015, while appearing on BBC TV's Question Time, he revealed that he was one of the survivors of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.[1]

Political career

Nuttall joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in 2004 and formed its South Sefton Branch in 2005 to help the party to contest elections in north Merseyside;[2] this branch has become one of UKIP's best performing branches in Lancashire and the North West; Nuttall continues a personal involvement with the branch to this day. Between 2006 and 2007, he worked as a European parliamentary assistant to John Whittaker.

In 2008, Nuttall became founding secretary of Young Independence, UKIP's fledgling youth wing for under-35s, a position he held until Young Independence held its first internal elections at the 2009 UKIP Spring Conference having, in September 2008, been appointed Chairman of the UK Independence Party.[3] Nuttall held this role through the UKIP's highly successful European Election campaign in 2009, when he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament, and up to the 2010 general election where UKIP polled over 900,000 votes, before standing down from the post in November 2010. After Nigel Farage's election as Party Leader in 2010, Nuttall was appointed Deputy Leader of the UK independence Party in November 2010[4] and from May 2011 was also became Head of Policy for UKIP. He is the youngest person to date to serve as Chairman or Deputy Leader of UKIP, and was his party's youngest ever MEP.[citation needed]

Nuttall was found to place 736th out of 756 MEPs in terms of attendance in the European Parliament,[5] Nuttall defended his record, stating "I have no interest sitting all day in Brussels committees enacting job-killing, democracy-destroying legislation inspired by the EU".[citation needed]

He announced on 9 July 2016 that he would not stand for the leadership of UKIP following the resignation of Nigel Farage and that he would step down as Deputy Leader of the party.[6]


Nuttall first contested the parliamentary seat of Bootle at the 2005 general election, polling 4.1% of the vote.[7]

At the 2008 local elections, Nuttall stood as a UKIP candidate for the Derby ward of Sefton Borough Council, achieving a 38% share of the vote, behind the Labour Party candidate whose party has held the seat since the Second World War.[8] In 2009, Nuttall led UKIP's North West list and was elected to the European Parliament. At the 2010 general election, Paul Nuttall contested Bootle for a second time and came fourth, polling 6.1% of the vote.[9]

Following a High Court verdict declaring the 2010 general election result in Oldham East and Saddleworth null and void,[10] Nuttall was selected to contest the by-election held in January 2011. Labour's candidate Debbie Abrahams held the seat, while Nuttall came fourth and increased the UKIP vote share by almost two percentage points, retaining his deposit.[11]

In 2014, Nuttall was returned to the European Parliament at the European election and is currently one of three UKIP MEPs representing the constituency of North West England. In 2015, he once again contested Bootle, and came second behind Labour, with a 10.9% vote share.[12]

Political positions

As a UKIP MEP, Nuttall campaigns for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. He has previously expressed support for the UK to re-join the European Free Trade Association but has expressed doubts about the European Economic Area.[13]

In line with UKIP policy, Nuttall is opposed to political correctness[ambiguous] and is a member of the Campaign Against Political Correctness. He is in favour of strengthened links with the Commonwealth and is a member of the United Commonwealth Society.[14][15][third-party source needed] He promotes the UKIP Save The Pub campaign, which highlights the issues surrounded the increase in pub closures in England. Consequently, he is also strongly opposed to any blanket smoking ban enforced on all pubs and believes that individual landlords should choose whether to make the pub smoke-free or not.[16][third-party source needed]

A Roman Catholic, Nuttall opposes abortion and supports the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children at whose events he is regularly invited to speak. He is also well known for his stances regarding crime and anti-social behaviour. He has called for tougher prison sentences for persistent re-offenders, drug dealers and violent criminals and for an increase in prison capacity in the UK. Controversially, he is a signatory to an e-petition calling for the reintroduction of the death penalty for convicted child and serial killers.[17]

While Nuttall is a committed British unionist, he calls for the establishment of an English Parliament[18] and presented the UKIP's new devolution policy at its annual conference at Eastbourne in September 2011. He is also a climate change denier.[19] Nuttall is opposed to the construction of wind farms[20] and believes to maintain energy security and reduce fuel poverty, nuclear power is the only long term alternative to traditional carbon forms of fuel.

Nuttall favours a ban on wearing burqas in public places, citing the use of video surveillance and security as the primary reason for this stance,[21] as well as being opposed to the establishment of Sharia courts to operate alongside the UK Court system.[22]

He advocates that Gibraltar be allocated an MP to represent them in Westminster.[23] He has called for the repeal of the hunting act.[24] He has been a long-term opponent of road tolls, especially tunnel tolls.[25]

In 2015, Nuttall became the President of the Initiative for Direct Democracy in Europe.


Nuttall is one of the UKIP's media spokespeople and regularly appears on national radio, including BBC Radio 5 Live and Talksport. He has appeared several times on BBC's Question Time and its sister radio programme Any Questions?

Political commentator Iain Dale ranked Paul Nuttall number 85 in his 2015 "Top 100 Most Influential People on the Right" list.[26] He first appeared on this list in 2013.[27]


  1. ^ "Paul Nuttall BBC Question Time". BBC. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes – Any Questions?, 12/02/2010". BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Young new Chairman for UKIP – UK Independence Party". 5 September 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "DEPUTY LEADER | Paul Nuttall MEP | UKIP MEP for the North West of England". Paul Nuttall MEP. 22 February 1999. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "UKIP hits back at claims its MEPs are 'laziest' in parliament". Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Belger, Tom (9 July 2016). "Here's why Paul Nuttall says he won't stand to be UKIP's leader - for now". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Election 2005 | Election Map". BBC News. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Election results for Bootle Parliamentary Constituency, 6 May 2010". 6 May 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Polly Curtis, Whitehall correspondent (2010-11-05). "Phil Woolas ejected from parliament over election slurs". Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Oldham East and Saddleworth". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Bootle". BBC News. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Paul Nuttall MEP  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "WAVING THE FLAG | Paul Nuttall MEP | UKIP MEP for the North West of England". Paul Nuttall MEP. 22 February 1999. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Commonwealth: our alternative future – UK Independence Party". 10 March 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "British pub week highlighted :: UKIP Save the Pub campaign". 22 February 1999. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Euro man favours death penalty (from The Bolton News)". 11 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  18. ^ West, Ed (18 October 2011). "Would an English Parliament save the Union? – Telegraph Blogs". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  19. ^ Wilby, Peter (2014-05-30). "It's time to challenge Ukip over its climate change denial". Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  20. ^ "Wind Farms a Costly Distraction | Paul Nuttall MEP | UKIP MEP for the North West of England". Paul Nuttall MEP. 22 February 1999. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Radio 4's Any Questions at Burnley raises burka issue (From Lancashire Telegraph)". 13 February 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "MEP speaks out against spread of Sharia courts". 
  25. ^ "SCRAP THE TOLLS". 
  26. ^ "TOP 100 ON THE RIGHT". 
  27. ^ "TOP 100 ON THE RIGHT LIST". 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
John Whittaker
Chairman of the UK Independence Party
Succeeded by
Steve Crowther
Preceded by
David Campbell Bannerman
Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party