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Paul Nuttall: Working class zero

He crashed in Stoke. But a sharper operator could still revive the northern right

By Philip Collins   April 2017

Purple reign: Paul Nuttall has been leader of Ukip since January ©Mary Turner/Getty Images

At Ukip’s February conference in Bolton everything was purple, even the prose in the pamphlets. There were purple rosettes, purple baseball caps and purple devices that help you deliver a leaflet without getting bitten by a dog. There were purple clothes and it probably rained purple rain. The new Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, MEP for the North West, was on his own patch. Until local elections in 2014, Ukip had no councillors in Bolton and…

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