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A third of British MEPs employ family members on expenses: THE TIMES.


A third of British MEPs employ family members on expenses

Next week we have the opportunity to vote in the European parliament elections historically and normally the event is marked by poor turnouts. There is a good deal of cynicism about the European Union. The UK general public has been learning of corrupt practices in the UK Parliament, yet we know that corrupt practices in the European Union are legion. We know that European parliament members enjoy extraordinary expense allowances there seems little control or concern from the authorities in the EU about waste and extravagance. As with the UK House of Commons many MEPs employ relatives and this has got to end:

David Brown, Fran Yeoman and Victoria Swalwell in THE TIMES: “More than a third of British MEPs are paying their relatives hundreds of thousands of pounds, despite a ban by the European Parliament next month on employing family members.

The wives, husbands and children of MEPs are earning up to £40,000 a year to work as secretaries and researchers at a total annual cost to taxpayers of more than £700,000.

Campaigners called last night for all 78 British MEPs to stop employing relatives immediately to prevent any suspicion that public money was being misused. New Members of the European Parliament will be banned from hiring relatives, but those already employed can stay until 2014…”

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