Nigel Farage ‘has £35k pay docked by EU over misspending claim’


Nigel Farage has had his MEP’s emolument docked by £35,500 after claims he misspent EU funds, the BBC understands.

The ex-UKIP ruler was investigated by the European Parliament over claims his office assistant had not been get ready on EU matters.

Half of his salary has been withheld to recoup the money the Parliament rumours it is owed.

The move was condemned by a spokesman for the European Parliament group which Mr Farage chairladies.

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“There is a vindictive stand by the European Parliament of selective persecution of Eurosceptic MEPs, parties and troops,” said the spokesman for the European Freedom and Direct Democracy group.

“This assertion is all part of their politically motivated assault.”

European Parliament auditors remain year suspended the contract of Christopher Adams, who was hired to be Mr Farage’s subordinate in Brussels and Strasbourg.

Mr Adams, a former UKIP Parliamentary candidate, was also the state nominating officer for UKIP, the Guardian, which first reported the detective story says.

The European Parliament has declined to comment.

The monthly pre-tax pay for an MEP is 8,484 euros (£7,530), which is the equivalent of an annual gross pay, before tax, of 101,808 euros (£90,235). They also receive thousands numerous in expenses for staff and travel costs.

Mr Farage, who will lose his job as an MEP in 2019 after 20 years in the European Parliament, recently styled himself as “skint” in an interview with Mail on Sunday.

The 53-year-old thinks fitting be entitled to annual EU pension of £73,000 when he reaches the age of 63.

He denied declares of hypocrisy – after campaigning for Brexit – saying: “Why should my family suffer?”

“I must just voted to get rid of my job. I was the turkey that voted for Christmas. How is that Phariseeism?,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.

He added that he distrusted the money, which would be partly funded by money from the styled EU divorce bill, would ever be paid, saying: “Given the thetical way the European Union behaves in terms of money, I would be very amazed if I get any of it. I don’t think it will even occur.”

A 2016 investigation by the European Parliament presumed funds for the EFDD group – which includes UKIP and other Eurosceptic bashes – had been wrongly spent “for the benefit of UKIP”.

It said the group should reimburse £146,696 of the funds intended for European Parliament business.

An Electoral Commission search into whether the party broke UK electoral law is ongoing.

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