Ten European Parliament seats up for grabs

Daily Echo: UKIP leader Nigel Farage. UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

TEN seats representing Hampshire and the South East in the European Parliament will also be up for grabs on May 22.

The election comes at a time when there is a fierce public debate about the UK’s future within the European Union (EU).

UKIP is continuing to call for the UK to leave the EU, while the Conservatives have promised a referendum on the issue should they win next year’s General Election.

Meanwhile both the Liberal Democrats and Labour argue that staying in the EU would have big benefits for Britain and safeguard millions of jobs.

But the elections will take place when the expenses of UKIP leader and South East MEP Nigel Farage are also under the spotlight.

He has rejected claims that he abused his privileges from Brussels, after The Times alleged that he received £15,500 in expenses to run his headquarters, even though it had been provided rent-free by UKIP supporters.

At the last election in 2009 the Conservatives won four South East seats, UKIP and the Lib Dems two each, and the Greens and Labour one each, although UKIP’s Marta Andreasen then defected to the Tories.

While the European election will take place on May 22, the results will be counted later than the local votes, with the winners expected to be announced on May 26.

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10:46am Thu 24 Apr 14

userds5050 says...

MEP's expenses are different to ours. You don't submit receipts for your out goings. You're given a set amount to spend as you wish. What wasn't spend on rent went on overheads, extra staff ect...
This approach to expenses is one of the reasons Ukip want out of Europe.
MEP's expenses are different to ours. You don't submit receipts for your out goings. You're given a set amount to spend as you wish. What wasn't spend on rent went on overheads, extra staff ect... This approach to expenses is one of the reasons Ukip want out of Europe. userds5050
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10:59am Thu 24 Apr 14

southy says...

userds5050 wrote:
MEP's expenses are different to ours. You don't submit receipts for your out goings. You're given a set amount to spend as you wish. What wasn't spend on rent went on overheads, extra staff ect...
This approach to expenses is one of the reasons Ukip want out of Europe.
The TUSC wants out of the EU and give the people a vote on it, the No2EU campaign (heck I dont know why they decided to reuse this name after it was decided 3 years ago to drop the No2EU.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: MEP's expenses are different to ours. You don't submit receipts for your out goings. You're given a set amount to spend as you wish. What wasn't spend on rent went on overheads, extra staff ect... This approach to expenses is one of the reasons Ukip want out of Europe.[/p][/quote]The TUSC wants out of the EU and give the people a vote on it, the No2EU campaign (heck I dont know why they decided to reuse this name after it was decided 3 years ago to drop the No2EU. southy
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