The communications department of the European Parliament’s Freedom and Democracy grouping was on the phone to Scrapbook this morning, adamant that damaging revelations regarding one of their MEPs were false.
Yesterday evening, we revealed that UKIP’s Godfrey Bloom had been a member of the influential Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) since 2009, but had failed to declare an interest in a secret financial investments company.
But the statement given to us from controversial MEP was as follows:
“I resigned all directorships on election to the European Parliament in 2004 and unwound all my business interests.”
As we observed yesterday, Bloom did indeed resign his directorship of TBO Investments in 2004. But official documents obtained by Scrapbook (view in full here) clearly show that Bloom holds no less than 106,960 shares in TBO Investments Ltd, giving him a controlling stake in the company.
As a member of ECON, Bloom has been seeking to exert influence over European economic and monetary policy — but hiding his controlling stake in a finance firm from both EU officials and his electors.