Paul Nuttall today accused a political party of leading a smear campaign against him, but refused to acknowledge which party it was.

Speaking on The #Andrew Marr Show this morning, the UKIP leader said he knew an 'orchestrated smear campaign' was being conducted against him, but he failed to disclose to the BBC presenter which party it was.

'Unfair coverage'

After being accused of not telling the truth over his links to the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster, he added: 'I will provide a witness statement and stand in a court of law.'

'It is not like I have taken Britain into an illegal war. This is unfair coverage.'

The Brexiteer said that he lost someone he knew at Hillsborough, but when Marr urged him to acknowledge who he lost during the disaster, he refused to answer.

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He added that he has said everything he has had to say over his links to the football stadium.

'Weak leadership'

The BBC journalist asked Nuttall whether or not a UKIP official walked out during last month's spring conference over the Kipper's Hillsborough claims, but he said that the official walked out due to what Arron Banks said about him providing weak leadership.

He added: 'It is always sad when people leave UKIP, whether it is at the top of the party or at the bottom, but we need to stick together.'

The Sunday morning presenter asked the Eurosceptic about whether he lied over his suggestion that he played for the Tranmere Rovers. He said that it was the same press officer who walked out during the spring conference that added that information onto his website, but he admitted he should have checked his website himself.

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After being asked about whether he implied that he had a PhD, the former Stoke candidate angrily hit back that he never suggested he has one. He said that emerged from a LinkedIn page that was not his.

The UKIP leader said that he did authorise the press release that stated he was on the Northwest Training Management Council, implying that it was a mistake to do so.

He also acknowledged that he changed the press release in 2009 that explained his role on the council.

'Beginning of the end'

The BBC journalist said that the Eurosceptic party has only raised £33000, which puts them behind the Liberal Democrats, and could signal the beginning of the end for the party.

But the former Stoke candidate said: 'There has been a big improvement in UKIP donations.'

Responding to Banks' argument that the pro-Brexit party is like a jumble sale, he said: 'I agree with him on most things, but give us time and we will hold our nerve.'

The Kipper accused the press of hounding his family by shoving a camera in the face of his 86-year-old grandmother and by following his father to work.

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The Brexiteer said: 'Media interests have political motivation to destroy UKIP. The party must hold its nerve and British politics will come back onto us.'

Speaking later on the show, the Chancellor Phillip Hammond said that Britain was quitting the EU in its entirety and that he is positive about this country's future post-Brexit.

Paul Nuttall became UKIP leader in November 2016 after Diane James stood down. He is an MEP for North-West England.

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