“In a major blow to Paul Nuttall and Ukip, two leading figures in Paul Nuttall’s home patch of Liverpool, namely the branch chairman of Nuttall’s branch, Stuart Monkcom, and the chairman of Ukip for the Merseyside region of branches, Adam Heatherington, have resigned from their positions and left the party citing the unprofessional handling of information surrounding Hillsborough by Paul Nuttall and the insensitive remarks made by Aaron Banks reported in national press.” – SOURCE

“Although the timing of our resignations is unfortunate in light of upcoming elections, both Adam and I wish to make it clear, where the painful subject of Hillsborough is concerned, with closure not yet in sight, this unprofessional approach and crass insensitivity from high profile people closely within and without Ukip is upsetting and intolerable. We identify most strongly with all the good people of Liverpool and most importantly the families of the Hillsborough victims who have fought so hard and long for justice, in their condemnation of the way Ukip has handled these issues and have resigned our positions and membership of Ukip forthwith,” says Stuart, branch chairman of Paul Nuttall’s own branch, Ukip Liverpool.

Adam continues: “We have been affected both personally and professionally by words that were not said in our name. With this in mind, we wish to apologise to the people of Liverpool and the Hillsborough families for any offence caused and have done what we consider to be the only honourable thing we could do which was to resign and disassociate ourselves from Ukip. I felt that supporting a libertarian party was the right thing to do in order to effect change within the political system in this country. Unfortunately that dream has been shattered and the potential of Ukip has been squandered by people who have demonstrated they are not fit to lead at present.”

A press spokesman for the pair noted: “It is impossible for those hard working party activists at grass roots level who are never properly briefed, not to be affected by the actions of those in control of the party machinery when mistakes and poor policy decisions are made. They are the ones who are most affected in the fallout. However, they have shown personal integrity by responding to genuine criticism which it appears Ukip cannot bring itself to comment upon in a timely manner.”