24 Facts About Paul Nuttall

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

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2. In 2004, Mr Paul Nuttall joined UKIP, then a minor party in terms of its share of the vote in Westminster elections.

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3. Mr Paul Nuttall is said to specialise in the Edwardian era.

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4. Mr Paul Nuttall was not a household name like his predecessor Nigel Farage, but he was cut from the same plain-speaking cloth.

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5. Mr Paul Nuttall had said Brexit was only a "job half done" and UKIP MPs were needed to "see this through to the end".

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6. Mr Paul Nuttall will continue to serve the North West of England in the European Parliament until his term expires.

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7. Mr Paul Nuttall said: "I am resigning because the party is being taken in a direction which I believe is harmful to Brexit.

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8. Mr Paul Nuttall is the latest prominent figure to leave Ukip in protest at its direction under leader Gerard Batten.

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9. Mr Paul Nuttall became the latest leading figure in the party to announce his resignation in protest at the decision to appoint Tommy Robinson as an adviser.

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10. Mr Paul Nuttall sits in the European Parliament as an MEP for North West England and was leader of the party from November 2016 to 9 June 2017.

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11. Mr Paul Nuttall is unpopular with many across his native Merseyside for his association with UKIP and the policies he has supported.

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12. Mr Paul Nuttall said: 'I am resigning because the party is being taken in a direction which I believe is harmful to Brexit.

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13. Mr Paul Nuttall was joined in his exit by Ukip's leader in Scotland, MEP David Coburn, who said he could not stand the 'English nationalist direction' adopted by the party.

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14. Mr Paul Nuttall is the latest prominent figure to leave Ukip complaining of the direction it has taken under leader Gerard Batten.

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15. Mr Paul Nuttall said: "After much soul-searching over the past week, I have concluded that I must, as of today, resign as a member of UKIP.

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16. Mr Paul Nuttall campaigned to ban the burka during his time in charge of UKIP.

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17. Mr Paul Nuttall was UKIP leader between November 2016 and June 2017, but resigned after the party won less than 600,000 votes at last year's general election.

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18. Mr Paul Nuttall vowed to continue to serve as an MEP until his term expires next year.

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19. Mr Paul Nuttall revealed he had taken the decision to quit UKIP after 14 years "with an immense amount of reluctance and regret" and after a period of "much soul-searching".

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20. Mr Paul Nuttall said he made the decision after 'much soul searching' but warned current leader Gerard Batten was dragging Ukip to the right in a way that would damage Brexit.

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21. Mr Paul Nuttall joined UKIP in 2004 after running for the Conservatives in a council election in Bootle two years earlier.

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22. In March 2017, it was reported that Paul Nuttall had claimed excess European funding for his office in his constituency which he shared with Louise Bours.

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23. In 2008, Paul Nuttall became the founding secretary of Young Independence, the youth wing of UKIP for under 35-year-olds.

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24. In 2004, Paul Nuttall started working towards a PhD in the 'History of Conservatism in Liverpool', but did not complete it.

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