A report in the Sunday Times today:
THE leader of the eurosceptic United Kingdom Independence party (UKIP) is employing his son as his assistant, using taxpayers’ money, despite the young man being in full-time education.
Nigel Farage’s 19-year-old son Sam is being paid to work for his MEP father through his European Union expenses allowance, despite being a politics student at Exeter University.
Farage’s use of public funds to pay his son is comparable to the case of the disgraced Tory MP Derek Conway, who employed both his sons using parliamentary expenses despite one being a full-time university student.
He is being investigated by Olaf, the EU’s antifraud watchdog.
It could be that this article is not true in each and every particular. Nigel Farage’s response:
Statement from Nigel Farage regarding sunday times article, 24th february.
On page 11 of today’s Sunday Times an article appears under the heading ‘Anti Brussels MEP pays son from EU funds’
1. There is not a single grain of truth in the statement that i am employing my son using EU allowances or in any other capacity.
2. A statement appears saying ‘he (N Farage) is being investigated by OLAF, the EU’s fraud watch dog. This is simply untrue.
3. The article says that a former UKIP regional organiser claimed we are misusing EU funds. It fails to say that this individual lost his case a couple of weeks ago against Mike Nattrass MEP on all counts.
This newspaper has asked ridiculous questions in the part, alleging that I am acting in an illegal manner financially. I am particularly annoyed that my son should be dragged into this and his photograph published without any evidence at all.
I dunno what anyopne has done to piss off Daniel Foggo in the past but he does seem to have form in these allegations against Farage and UKIP. Wonder where he’s getting his misinformation from?