Tuesday, September 7

Fighting fraud?

In an article written on 21 May for the UKIP website, Ashley Mote, who won a seat for UKIP in the European elections, stated that "Fraud and corruption in the European Union are out of control and the Brussels bureaucrats have proved themselves incapable of putting their own house in order."

Unfortunately, despite now being in Brussels in fight these problems and show the 'Brussels bureaucrats' his own capabilities, Mr Mote decided to leave a meeting of the European Parliament's Budgetary Control committee, held on 31 August and 1 September, before a representative of the EU's anti-fraud office, OLAF, started a one-hour presentation of the organisation's report. This was in spite of being told by the committee chair when the report would be presented and that he would have the opportunity to ask questions about fraud and corruption at this time.

UKIP's other representative on the committee, Jeffrey Titford, did not make an appearance at the meeting.

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