• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Farage hits back at allowances claim

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has claimed he is the victim of a "politically motivated" campaign against him and his party after a row over his European Union allowances.

Mr Farage said allegations yesterday that he had a rent-free arrangement for an office, which should have been declared as a donation by the party, had been spun up because of UKIP's current high profile.

It was alleged Mr Farage has received £15,500 a year from the EU since at least 2009 for the upkeep of his Sussex constituency office.

The Electoral Commission is to attempt to find out if the rent-free arrangement should have been declared.

But in a newspaper article, Mr Farage blamed The Times newspaper, which revealed the story, for a 'smear campaign' because it is establishment and a supporter of David Cameron. He said: "A month or so ago it tried, via a politically motivated opponent of mine, to start a different investigation into my use of EU money.

"The bureaucracy has belatedly announced - on Monday night - that there was no case to answer, not even enough evidence to request an investigation. The very next day The Times opens-up another equally vacuous front.

"As a party we have been expecting this; Ukip is doing well in the polls and posing a threat to the status quo. This week's Times article is based on erroneous second-hand testimony and crass misinterpretation."

Mr Farage also denied transferring any of the money into offshore bank accounts in tax havens.

He said: "As if besotted, The Times have published the accusation that I have siphoned money to the Cayman Islands. This is utterly outrageous."

Contextual targeting label: 
Finance

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

226826