The deputy leader of UKIP has hit out at a regional daily for posting “negative, biased comments” about him on its website during his appearance on a TV panel show.
The Echo had decided to launch the liveblog during the show as it featured Liverpool native Mr Nuttall, as well as Conservative Wirral West MP Esther McVey.
Political reporter Liam Murphy posted a number of readers’ tweets on the blog during the programme’s airing, including one which hit out at the pair’s ‘Scouse’ credentials – with one describing Mr Nuttall as a “bad Bootle UKIP meff (a local dialect word meaning ‘homeless person’)”.
Mr Nuttall later took to the social networking site to share his disgust, posting: “Liverpool echo chose to highlight some really negative, biased comments tonight including one calling me a ‘bad bootle ukip meff’ Appalling.”
The Echo has since run a follow-up article highlighting Mr Nuttall’s complaint.
Editor Alastair Machray told HTFP: “We printed the comment in the spirit of freedom of expression and in that same spirit have published Mr Nuttall’s irritated response in a follow-up article.
“We are convinced Mr Nuttall respects the principle.”