Wednesday, May 2

The case of the missing financial declaration

UKIPwatcher has learnt that Tom Wise is not the only UKIP MEP to have trouble with financial transparency.

Each year, MEPs are required to complete a financial declaration just like their Westminster counterparts - detailing all gifts they have received and earnings from outside interests. You wouldn't have thought it was that difficult to provide this information. However, UKIPs Mike Nattrass is the only UK MEP, and one of only three in the EU, not have provided his financial declaration for 2006.

There are parallels with UKIP's problems with auditing their accounts for the Electoral Commission and the same questions have to be asked. Is the failure to provide this information due to incompetence, laziness or does Mr Nattrass have something to hide?

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