Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been cleared of misspending EU cash
The European Parliament watchdog said the former Ukip leader had no case to answer over allegations he had broken EU spending rules.
Last week left-wing media reported that Mr Farage, alongside current leader Paul Nuttall and six other MEPs, were being probed by Brussels investigators.
The Guardian claimed the group were suspected of having deployed their EU parliament assistants on national party work in the UK.
But in a letter sent to Mr Farage today Brussels official Frank Antoine-Poirel said that all the “requirements” in terms of funding “have been met”.
Current Ukip leader Paul Nuttall was also named in the claims
Mr Farage was cleared by the EU Parliament watchdog
In a statement Mr Farage said: “The European Parliament has stated that my employment of local assistants is in order and reasonable.
“I would politely ask people to correct and not repeat false allegations that I am under investigation because it is not true.
“It would be appreciated if people were made aware and acknowledged that I have been given the all clear."
Reports had early claimed to have information that Mr Farage and his fellow Ukip MEP Raymond Finch would be forced to repay £84,000.
They said the cash had been paid to the pair’s joint assistant, Christopher Adams, who officials were not convinced was undertaking EU work.
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It was further claimed that Mr Farage’s wife, Kirsten, was caught up in the probe because she had once worked as his assistant in Brussels.
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Nigel Farage is a British politician who has been the leader of the UK Independence Party since October 2016.
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British politician Nigel Farage arrives at Trump Tower on December 15, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.
Last year Mr Farage denounced claims that the European Parliament group dominated by Ukip had misspent funds as “pure victimisation”.
A Brussels audit leaked last November said the party misspent almost £400,000 of Brussels cash domestically in the UK campaigning for Brexit.
In response the former Ukip leader said: "This is pure victimisation. I am the most investigated MEP in history. Look at what the pro-EU groups were spending."