More than one of Paul Nuttall's autobiographical claims - or as he would have it, biographical claims - are currently being contested. I'm not surprised, to be honest. But it isn't just UKIP that has the reality of its members' web pages and public claims being under the spotlight. Every political party hosts biographical pages full of 'facts' about its leading lights - and they are all subject to scrutiny in the online age in a way that they previously weren't.
Recently I decided to have a look at Mike Hancock's Wiki page, the claims on it, the relevant references at the foot of the page, and the supposed sources for those claims, and I contacted the NSPCC, Mencap and the Liberal Democrat Party to see what they had to say. They were all aware that I might relate their responses on this Blog. The results were, shall we say, illuminating, and seem to suggest that while Hancock was a Liberal Democrat MP, the Liberal Democrat Party hosted material about him on its website that is easily contestable - and it makes you wonder how much more of this stuff in going on.
Here's Hancock's Wiki page - an exceptionally well-referenced piece - as it existed last month, on 25th January 2017. I'll pick out the relevant bits - you don't need to read it all - it's simply here for completeness and accuracy.Read More