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UKIP MEPs exposed as the laziest in Europe

May 13, 2014 10:39 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

UKIP MEPs have been exposed as the laziest in Europe, when it comes to turning up to vote in the European Parliament, according to analysis published today.

A report published in The Times revealed that between 2009 and 2014 UKIP MEPs took part in six out of ten votes in the main chamber. In the same time period, Liberal Democrat MEPs took part in almost nine out of ten votes.


UKIP's shocking voting record puts them at the bottom of the 76 parties in the European parties with three or more MEPs. Out of all of the 764 members of the European Parliament, three of UKIP's MEPs including leader Nigel Farage ranked in the bottom six for having the worst individual voting records.

Nigel Farage was placed 759th for taking part in just 43% of the votes, while his deputy leader Paul Nuttall ranked 760th for his appalling 42.6% voting participation.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat MEPs, Fiona Hall said: "There is no doubt about it, UKIP MEPs offer the worst possible value for money for their constituents.

"Time and again they fail to turn up for crucial votes that benefit British citizens, whether it is research funding for our leading universities, slashing roaming charges for holiday makers or ending wasteful overfishing in our seas.

"As the hardest-working delegation in Brussels, Lib Dem MEPs strive day in and day out to stand up for British interests and build a stronger, fairer and greener economy."

During the five year term, the number of UKIP MEPs has dwindled. Originally there were 13 UKIP MEPs elected but five were sacked, resigned or lost the party whip.

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