30 May 2014
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Britain’s longest serving MEP, who misplaced his seat in final week’s European elections, has launched a stinging assault on UKIP.
Liberal Democrat Bill Newton-Dunn, who represented the East Midlands area, was first elected to the European Parliament in 1979.
The Lincoln-based mostly politician was a casualty of the collapse within the Liberal Democrat vote throughout the UK – which left the get together with only one MEP.
Mr Newton-Dunn stated: “UKIP have been filled with lies and exaggerations and have been simply scaring individuals. They are just like the Luddites of 2014.”
The former MEP stated UKIP should not take their seats within the European Parliament.
He advised Nigel Farage’s get together should comply with the lead of Sinn Fein, whose MPs have historically declined to take a seat within the House of Commons.
Mr Newton-Dunn stated: “Will UKIP MEPs take the salaries and bills however do nothing whereas they’re there for 5 years besides rack up an enormous value to British taxpayers?”
Newly-elected UKIP MEPs have hit again on the suggestion they should not take their seats within the European Parliament.
Eyes and ears in Brussels
Yorkshire and the Humber MEP Jane Collins stated: “People voted for UKIP as a result of we’re their eyes and ears in Brussels.
“We are there to show the laws, the directives and to show the institution which is undemocratic and uncontrolled.”
UKIP topped the ballot in Yorkshire and the Humber and the get together trebled its variety of MEPs within the area from one to 3.
In the East Midlands area – which covers Lincolnshire – UKIP additionally polled probably the most votes and secured two MEPs.
Nigel Farage has named Great Grimsby and Boston & Skegness as two of the constituencies UKIP is concentrating on on the common election.
Great Grimsby is presently held by Labour’s Austin Mitchell, who’s stepping down in 2015.
Mr Mitchell stated the primary previous the submit voting system would make it troublesome for UKIP to win seats in a Westminster election.
The European elections noticed UKIP ballot greater than 50% of the vote in Boston.
However, the Conservative MP for Boston & Skegness, Mark Simmonds, stated he was assured he can be re-elected on the basic B:forty one pm – Source: bbc.co.uk