Paul Nuttall’s dreams of a seat in parliament lay in tatters today, but Twitter isn’t exactly teeming with sympathy for the UKIP leader. Instead, they’ve turned a UKIP campaign event into a complete fiasco.
Nuttall on the ropes
Police are investigating the UKIP leader over allegations of electoral fraud.
An investigation by Channel 4′s Michael Crick revealed that the Stoke property Nuttall named as his home in campaign documentation was in fact empty. The confrontation between the two left Nuttall’s campaign in tatters.
UKIP's Paul Nuttall asked why he listed residence he's never been to as current "home" on nomination form. Party said he was moving today. pic.twitter.com/Q8kq1BekrS
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) February 1, 2017
Meanwhile, other scandals refuse to go away.
First, the UKIP leader claimed to hold a PhD from a university that has no record of it.
The very existence of the NHS stifles competition, and as competition drives quality and choice, innovation and improvements are restricted.
Therefore, I believe, as long as the NHS is the ‘sacred cow’ of British politics, the longer the British people will suffer with a second rate health service.
And most recently, Nuttall was forced to admit he had lied about losing close friends in the Hillsborough disaster.
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall admits that claims on his website that he lost a "close personal friend" at Hillsborough are false pic.twitter.com/bnNKm29IsU
— Radio City Talk (@RadioCityTalk) February 14, 2017
The Twitter response
People have now flocked to the hashtag #AskPaulNuttall, to have a laugh at the expense of the UKIP leader. Nuttall set up the hashtag to engage with the voters of Stoke. But things did not go as planned.
— The Prole Star (@TheProleStar) February 15, 2017
#AskPaulNuttall – If you had the power to make one of the lies you've told come true, which would it be and why?
— amp8888 (@amp8888) February 15, 2017
Was it you or a press officer who decided that dressing like Andy Capp was a solid strategy to secure working class votes? #askpaulnuttall
— morologist (@morologist) February 15, 2017
Others used Nuttall’s apparent honesty issues as the set up.
— The Junk Yard (@TheJunkYard4) February 15, 2017
— chris tarrant (@grumbleandgripe) February 15, 2017
How was it being one of the first in the Iranian Embassy? pic.twitter.com/kvmkj1OVVm
— conor (@SenorNewman) February 15, 2017
Nuttall’s campaign will definitely be remembered. At least he can console himself with that.
– The Stoke-on-Trent by-election takes place on 23 February. Find out more here.
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