The European Parliament will cut Nigel Farage's salary by half

The European Parliament will cut Nigel Farage's salary by half

Nigel Farage has MEP salary docked to £35k amid claims of EU funds misuse Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage will have his MEP's salary slashed by 50 percent to £35,000 (US$48,000) after a European Parliament investigation found he had misused EU funds.

Auditors investigated the role of Christopher Adams, hired by Mr Farage as an assistant, who was suspended a year ago over suspicions that his professional activities were not related to the European parliament.

Andrew Adonis, who resigned as head of a government-backed infrastructure commission last month, said: "So Nigel Farage wants a referendum on Mrs May's Brexit deal".

The EU inquiry focused on the role of an assistant, Christopher Adams, who was engaged to work with the Member of European Parliament (MEP).

However, his pension as an MEP is understood to be worth £73,000 per year and he will also be entitled to a transitional allowance of £117,000 when Britain leaves the European Union next year. Two other investigations into Ukip MEPs were closed without any action.

Mr Helmer denied any wrongdoing but gave no explanation as to why he was stepping down. They dismissed the salary cut as a "politically-motivated assault".

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Farage has the right to appeal at the European court of justice.

The eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) political group in the European Parliament condemned the move. Part-time assistants need to have second jobs, paid and voluntary, vetted by European parliament authorities to prevent a conflict of interest.

The Guardian writes that Farage will not leave the Parliament portionless.

The former city banker lives in a multi-million-pound townhouse in London's Chelsea district and has been paid a salary as an MEP since 1999.

Marine Le Pen is under formal investigation by French magistrates, after she refused to repay almost €300,000 of EU funds, following a European parliament investigation into EU funds spent by the far-right Front National leader.

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