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Paul Nuttall
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
for North West England
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Preceded by John Whittaker
Personal details
Born Paul Andrew Nuttall
(1976-11-30) 30 November 1976 (age 38)
Bootle, England
Political party UK Independence Party
Alma mater Edge Hill University
Liverpool Hope University
University of Central Lancashire
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Parliament website

Paul Andrew Nuttall (born 30 November 1976) is a British politician, the Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party and Member of the European Parliament for North West England.

Education and early career

Nuttall was born in Bootle. He was educated at Savio High School and studied for A-Levels at Hugh Baird College in Bootle, Liverpool, followed by an HND in Sports Science at North Lincolnshire College. He went on to gain a BA degree in History from Edge Hill University and an MA from Liverpool Hope University, specialising in British Edwardian politics. He earned a Certificate of Education from the University of Central Lancashire.

Between his education and going into politics, Nuttall lived and worked in Barcelona before returning to Merseyside to lecture on 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 a survivor of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.[1]

Political career

Nuttall joined the UK Independence Party in 2004 and formed the South Sefton branch in 2005 to enable the party to contest elections in north Merseyside.[2] This branch has gone on to be one of the best performing branches for UKIP in the North West region and Nuttall continues to be involved with the branch today. Between 2006–07, he worked as an assistant in the European Parliament to John Whittaker, MEP.

In 2008, Nuttall was appointed as Secretary to the fledgling Young Independence, the youth wing of UKIP for the under 35s, a position he held until Young Independence were able to hold their first internal elections at the UKIP Spring Conference in 2009. In September 2008, Nuttall was appointed to his first major national role as Chairman of the UK Independence Party.[3] Nuttall held this role through both the highly successful European Election in 2009 where he was elected to MEP and the 2010 General Election where UKIP polled over 900,000 votes before leaving the post in November 2010. Following the election of Nigel Farage MEP as party leader, Nuttall was appointed in November 2010 to the position of Deputy Leader of the UK independence Party[4] and from May 2011 was also appointed Head of Policy within the party. He is the youngest person to date to be appointed as chairman or Deputy Leader of the UKIP, and is the 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 and UKIP defended the low attendance record with their party opposing the UK membership of the EU. Nuttall stated on his website "I have no interest sitting all day in Brussels committees enacting job-killing, democracy-destroying legislation inspired by the EU.".


The first election that Nuttall contested was the Parliamentary seat of Bootle at the 2005 General Election. He achieved a result of 4.1% compared to a UKIP national vote share of 2.3%.[6]

At the 2008 English Local Council Elections, Nuttall contested the Derby Ward within Bootle and achieved 38% share of the vote, coming second behind Labour.[7]

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 a second time and increased the UKIP share of the vote to 6.1%.[8]

Following the High Court decision to declare the election result for the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency null and void, Nuttall was selected to contest the Parliamentary by-election held on 13 January 2011. Labour candidate Debbie Abrahams retained the seat for Labour. In 2014, Nuttall was re-elected as an MEP following the European Elections and is now one of three UKIP MEPs representing the North West of England.

Political positions

As a UKIP MEP, Nuttall campaigns for the UK to withdraw from the European Union and restore power back to Westminster. In line with UKIP policy, Nuttall is opposed to political correctness and is a member of the Campaign Against Political Correctness. He is also in favour of strengthened links with the Commonwealth and is a member of the United Commonwealth Society.[9][10] He is highly involved in the UKIP Save The Pub campaign, which highlights the issues surrounded the increase in pub closures in England. As part of this, he is strongly opposed to a blanket smoking ban enforced on all pubs and believes that individual landlords should choose whether to make the pub smoke-free or not.[11]

A Roman Catholic, Nuttall opposes abortion and is a member of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and has spoken at a number of their events. 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 his region. Controversially, he signed the e-petition which calls for the reintroduction of the death penalty for child and serial killers.[12]

While Nuttall is a committed Unionist, he has called for the introduction of an English Parliament[13] and presented the new UKIP devolution policy at the annual conference at Eastbourne in September 2011. He is a climate change sceptic. Nuttall is opposed to the construction of wind farms[14] and believes to maintain energy security and reduce fuel poverty, nuclear power is the only long term alternative to traditional carbon forms of fuel.

He favours banning burqas in public places, citing the use of CCTV and security as his primary reason to take this stance.[15]

He advocates that Gibraltar be allocated an MP to represent them in Westminster.[16] He has voiced concerns about Sharia courts operating in the UK.[17]

He has called for the repeal of the Hunting act.[18] He has been a long-term opponent of Road Tolls, especially Tunnel tolls.[19]


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


In episode two of the third series of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, Lee satirically used reductio ad absurdum as a comedic device applied to Nuttall's statement that Bulgarians "...need to ensure that your brightest stay and make your own country economically prosperous instead of coming to the UK to serve tea and coffee".[20][21][22]


  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. ^ "Election 2005 | Election Map". BBC News. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Election results for Bootle Parliamentary Constituency, 6 May 2010". 6 May 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "WAVING THE FLAG | Paul Nuttall MEP | UKIP MEP for the North West of England". Paul Nuttall MEP. 22 February 1999. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Commonwealth: our alternative future – UK Independence Party". 10 March 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "British pub week highlighted :: UKIP Save the Pub campaign". 22 February 1999. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Euro man favours death penalty (From The Bolton News)". 11 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  13. ^ West, Ed (18 October 2011). "Would an English Parliament save the Union? – Telegraph Blogs". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "Radio 4's Any Questions at Burnley raises burka issue (From Lancashire Telegraph)". 13 February 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "MEP speaks out against spread of Sharia courts". 
  19. ^ "SCRAP THE TOLLS". 
  20. ^ Giannangeli, Marco. "Millions of poverty-stricken Bulgarians want to move to Britain". Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  21. ^ Merritt, Stephanie. "Stewart Lee: Much A-Stew About Nothing – review". December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Stewart Lee Absolutely Nails Ukip on Immigration (VIDEO)". December 2014. 

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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