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UKIP back racist BNP in quest for £335,000 European funding

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UKIP have backed the British National Party in their efforts to get their hands on hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayer cash, branding moves to block funding for Nick Griffin’s fascists “dangerous and undemocratic”.

In a brazen attempt to access yet more of the European cash on which his party is dependent, Nick Griffin has led the expansion of a new grouping in the European Parliament — with the hope of becoming an official European political party. The Alliance of European National Movements would then stand to benefit from up to €400,000 (£335,000) of funding.

All that stands in between Griffin and the cash is article 210 of the European Parliament’s Rules of Procedure — which block extremist parties from funding but needs to be invoked by MEPs. But UKIP have ordered their MEPs not to oppose the extremists or to respond positively to a Hope Not Hate campaign on the issue.

Predictably, the UKIP statement setting out their position is a contradictory shambles. Having claimed that a block on BNP funds would be “discrimination”

“It must be understood that UKIP is opposed both constitutionally and as a matter of policy to ANY form of discrimination.”

… party spinners then explain how they, errr, discriminate against all former BNP members:

“In addition, UKIP is, we believe, the only Party in the UK which specifically prohibits members or former members of such parties as the British National Party … from becoming members of our Party.”

Their hypocrisy doesn’t end there, however, as Labour MEP Richard Howitt told Scrapbook earlier:

“UKIP will block EU cash going to support teenagers jobs and skills training in the UK, but seem happy to give the green light to funds, which will only be used to stir up hate by fringe parties.”

Like the UKIP MEP who has already broken ranks to support Hope Not Hate’s campaign, you can sign up here.

UKIP candidate axed for ‘Down’s abortion manifesto’ will still run

UKIP's Geoffrey Clark

A UKIP candidate, who was suspended from the party for his 4,500 word ‘personal manifesto’ suggesting that all abortions should be compulsory for foetus’ with Down’s syndrome, will still be running in Kent’s by-election tomorrow.

Clarke’s foam-at-the-mouth rant called disabled babies a “burden on the state”:

“Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, spina bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family.”

Although forced to run as an independent, the ballot papers will still mark disgraced Geoffrey Clark as UKIP as the sheets have already been printed. The manifesto, which was published on his website, has since been removed.

UKIP almost fell over themselves in a rush to distance the party from what they described as “abhorrent views”.

Suspensions of off-message candidates are a rare thing in libertarian UKIP — showing the extent to which Clark had crossed the line of decency.

‘Secret finance firm’ MEP backtracks on declaration of interests

Controversial MEP Godfrey Bloom has altered his declaration of financial interests after Scrapbook exposed a company he had tried to hide from EU officials. The UKIP representative, who is also standing for police commissioner in Humberside, sat on one of Europe’s top finance committees while failing to reveal his shareholding in a financial advice firm.

After leaving his declaration of interests form completely blank, Bloom told this blog:

“I resigned all directorships on election to the European Parliament in 2004 and unwound all my business interests.”

But the MEP has found himself backtracking after we published documents which proved he owned a majority shareholding in TBO Investments, which was fined £28,000 by regulators for exposing its customers to “unacceptable risk”.

In an attempt to avoid an investigation by EU authorities, Bloom has now scrawled an update at the bottom of his form:

Despite sitting on the influential Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs while owning a financial advice company, Bloom denies any conflict of interest:

“There is no possible conflict of interest and nor there [sic] is no interest nor has there been since 2009.”

He also claims he “sold any controlling interests in all companies” – at the same time, admits he is a shareholder in the secret firm:

“I am a registered shareholder in TBO Group of Companies which is in the process of being wound up and has been since 2009 under the direction and in compliance with all the appropriate authorities.”

Bloom has attempted to rectify his glaring omission just days before he faces the police ballot in Humberside.

Croydon North candidate raps: rhyming frenzy from UKIP’s McKenzie

Winston McKenzie, standing for UKIP in the upcoming by election for Croydon North, doesn’t seem to have been knocked back by his 2005 rejection from the X-Factor though, as three years later he appears rapping about his electoral appeal.

The video dates from McKenzie’s 2008 London Mayoral bid, then standing as an independent. Though initially fluent in monosyllabic rhyme, McKenzie soon descends off message:

“Just look at me and Ken, look at Boris, tell me who would the women fancy? Me or them? I’m the man!”

Clearly a fan of rhyme, McKenzie wrote his 2008 mayoral policy in rhyming couplets. His tough, zero-tolerance stance on crime is as follows:

“Knives and guns,

Are fun for some,

Check my Policy,

It’s no fallacy.”

Scrapbook can only hope that all of the Croydon North candidates will reach out to the electorate in the same way.

British MEP’s secret firm was fined £28,000 by financial regulators

A firm of financial advisers which a British MEP tried to hide from European Parliament officials was fined by regulators for posing an “unacceptable risk” to customersPolitical Scrapbook can reveal. TBO Investments is owned by UKIP’s Godfrey Bloom, who has sat on one of Europe’s top finance committees without declaring the potential conflict of interest.

2008 report by the Financial Services Authority condemned the company for failing to keep records and to “adequately supervise and monitor staff”. The ruling saw the firm slapped with a £28,000 penalty:

“The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined TBO Investments Limited (TBO) £28,000 for failing to clearly document the explanation of the risks of transactions to clients. It also failed to make and retain records that demonstrate the suitability of its advice and ensure that its business is conducted in accordance with FSA requirements.”

During much of the period 2001-2007 criticised by the FSA, Godfrey Bloom acted as a director and senior manager of the company.

‘Secret company’ MEP submitted completely blank declaration form

A British MEP at the centre of controversy over a company he tried to keep secret from EU officials could be in breach of Code of Conduct rules, Scrapbook has been told. UKIP’s Godfrey Bloom has been sitting on one of the European Union’s top finance committees without revealing he owns a financial advice firm.

The controversial MEP appears to have returned his declaration of financial interests (view) without bothering to fill it in at all. This document includes a section which obligates members to detail shareholdings in companies:

But as we revealed yesterday, however, Bloom has a majority shareholding in TBO Investments:

With Scrapbook’s scoop doing the rounds in Strasbourg yesterday, we may well see a complaint filed within the next 24 hours.

UKIP machine floundering over MEP’s secret finance company

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.

MEP hides secret finance firm while sitting on Euro monetary committee

A UKIP MEP is sitting on the European Parliament’s top finance committee without declaring a potentially conflicting interest in a secret company, Political Scrapbook can reveal. UKIP’s Godfrey Bloom, a member the influential Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), has withheld details of his investments advisory firm from EU officials.

European Parliament regulations state that:

“any financial interest that may cause a conflict of interests will … have to be disclosed”.

But Bloom’s ECON responsibilities could have a direct impact on his secret business: TBO Investments, of which Bloom is the majority shareholder, offers advice on “tax planning” whilst ECON describes its responsibilities as including, errrr, “taxation and competition policies”.

Perpetually thirsty Bloom, who Scrapbook previously exposed for addressing the parliament having consumed an apparently incapacitating cocktail of drink and drugs, served as director and senior manager of TBO until 2004, but has since remained the majority shareholder in the company.

The murky revelations won’t help his bid to become Humberside’s first ever police and crime commissioner.

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