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Is Farage Playing A Double Game?

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 03/05/2016

Is Farage Playing A Double Game?

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Is Farage Playing A Double Game?

May 3rd, 2016.

If the man had any sense of humility whatsoever, Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), who has consistently condemned EU politicians for wasting taxpayer’s money, might feel somewhat embarrassed about revelations that he has been charging said taxpayers as much as £15,000 per day for his own personal security.

Secura Associates, a firm hired to provide bodyguards to Farage, was tasked with arranging security for his attendance at political events. Their duties allegedly included ensuring that “adequate refreshments” were made available to him. Those who know Farage well may smile at that.

The company, which employs a number of former soldiers, charged some £58,000 over a relatively short period of time for providing security at a small number of events, many of which were barely attended.

What is most interesting about this story, which was reported in the Daily Mail as well as other media, is that the information provided – specifically documentary evidence of costs incurred and claimed for – could only have come from the Secretariat of Farage’s political group, the so-called Europe of Freedom & Direct Democracies (EFDD) within the European Parliament itself. This attack on Farage is an inside job.

Also, the specific details concerning attendance numbers at events for which security was provided, at great expense to the taxpayer, point to the source being a UKIP insider with access to both European Parliament papers, and UKIP internal reports.

This may suggest a disgruntled employee who has sufficient intellect to have tired of being a Yes Man to Farage, or it may indicate the rumblings of a wider internal coup.

Otherwise, it may tell us that Farage has unwittingly employed yet another Tory whose true allegiance rests with the Conservative Party which is now at odds with him over the issue of Brexit.

Of course, EU Today is well aware of the source.

There are attempts ongoing in the UKIP camp to silence dissent, and indeed to prevent staff speaking to unapproved journalists. There are “strong arm tactics being applied by an EFDD official with former Irish Republican terrorist links”, according to more than one source.

The apparent lack of integrity of the UKIP leadership may become a major factor in the outcome of the Brexit vote, and may contribute to the vote to remain in the EU: But perhaps that is how it was always intended to be…….

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Farage’s £15,000 a day bodyguards… on the taxpayer: Ukip leader branded a ‘hypocrite’ after using EU money to fund team of ex-military personnel – while attacking wasteful spending by Brussels

  • Security firm guarding Nigel Farage sent hefty bills to European Parliament
  • Its checklist of tasks included ‘ensuring refreshments have been arranged’
  • Team accompanied MEP at great expense throughout his nationwide tour
  • Opponents called Farage a ‘hypocrite’ for seemingly extravagant spending
  • See more news on Nigel Farage as he wastes £15k a day on bodyguards 

Nigel Farage has claimed up to £15,000 a day in taxpayer-funded expenses for bodyguards, it can be revealed today.

The Ukip leader used EU funds to pay for a team of ex-military personnel to follow him around the country as he made referendum campaign speeches.

Documents leaked to the Mail show how the security firm, whose guards have previously protected Sir Elton John, sent a series of hefty bills to the European Parliament for its services. A checklist of tasks included ‘ensuring refreshments have been arranged’ for Mr Farage.

Protected: Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been branded a 'hypocrite' for claiming up to £15,000 a day in taxpayer-funded expenses for bodyguards

Protected: Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been branded a ‘hypocrite’ for claiming up to £15,000 a day in taxpayer-funded expenses for bodyguards

The team, led by a former military police officer who served in Afghanistan, accompanied the MEP at great expense through his tour – even when he was speaking in front of only a few hundred people.

Mr Farage, who has repeatedly criticised wasteful EU spending, racked up a security bill of £58,000 for just five events held in modest venues such as a darts arena in Essex where there was not a single demonstrator. Opponents last night branded him a ‘hypocrite’ as he confirmed the seemingly extravagant spending.

The European Parliament refused to condemn the payments, saying it was up to Mr Farage how his Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group (EFDD) spent its £2.5 million-a-year EU funding.

Mr Farage embarked on the ‘Say No to the EU’ tour – a series of public meetings he described as ‘the largest Eurosceptic campaign perhaps ever seen’ – in the final four months of last year.

Leaked paperwork shows how Secura Associates, the firm hired to provide bodyguards to Mr Farage in the run-up to the General Election, was tasked with arranging security for the events.

WHY IT COSTS US SO MUCH TO PROTECT HIM 

Threat assessments produced by Secura Associates and submitted to the European Parliament to justify the hefty bills included how it was necessary to have enough guards to create a decoy and ensure there were adequate refreshments for Mr Farage.

In the documents, leaked to the Mail, the firm said the assessments had ‘been conducted based on historic events, current open-source intelligence and liaison with local law enforcement agencies’.

They claimed it was necessary ‘to assess all potential risks and weigh these against the security measures we can employ to negate them – prevention being better than cure’.

The firm set out how a ‘venue security team leader’, ‘team members’ and ‘intelligence-gathering staff’ were needed for each event. It added: ‘Our aim is not simply to stop an attack or a protest – we are there to prevent harm from whatever source befalling our principal and event delegates’.

A checklist of actions to be carried out by the security officers included ‘ensuring refreshments have been arranged’.

Despite the relatively small size of some of the venues, the company charged at least £9,000 for each appearance.

As Mr Farage kicked off the tour at the Emmanuel Hall in Westminster, security cost £15,000, even though it was claimed there were just 15 protesters outside.

For a speech on September 7 at the Winter Gardens in Margate, Kent – the scene of the Ukip leader’s election defeat four months earlier – the company charged £9,000.

The next week, Mr Farage flew to Belfast to speak at a hotel in the city, where according to the local party, ‘a packed house of 300 people were in attendance’.

Northern Irish police provided armed officers outside the venue, yet according to a bill addressed to Mr Farage’s group in the European Parliament, Secura charged £10,000 for its services.

Three days later, as Mr Farage spoke at a darts arena in Purfleet, Essex, the sum was again £10,000. Organisers said there were no demonstrators at the venue, which is downstairs from a strip club.

Additional spending records for the tour show £14,000 was charged for an event in Gateshead on October 12. It is thought the security firm provided about ten close- protection officers for each event.

The EFDD group, which funded the tour, last night confirmed the £58,000 security bill was charged to the taxpayer through its allowances. A spokesman for the group, which is made up of Ukip MEPs and Eurosceptics from other countries, said: ‘All spending on the speaking tour in late 2015 came out of the delegation budget in conformity to the rules. Everything is completely above board and was done before the regulated referendum period.’

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Mr Farage, who has repeatedly criticised wasteful EU spending, racked up a security bill of £58,000 for just five events held in modest venues such as a darts arena in Essex where there was not a single demonstrator

Mr Farage, who has repeatedly criticised wasteful EU spending, racked up a security bill of £58,000 for just five events held in modest venues such as a darts arena in Essex where there was not a single demonstrator

He added: ‘Incidents have demonstrated that as a high-profile figure, Nigel Farage needs professional security cover.’

But Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said last night: ‘Once again Ukip have been found taking the British taxpayer for a ride. Nigel Farage complains about EU funding but he’s got no qualms about using it for his own ends.’

Tory MP Damian Collins said: ‘For Nigel Farage to complain about EU waste while billing European taxpayers for the costs of his tour is the height of hypocrisy. It is very clear that the people of Britain cannot trust Farage and his crew with what is best for our country.’

In a book published last year, Mr Farage wrote about hiring James Woolfenden, the owner of Secura Associates, who he described as a ‘former British Army man’.

Mr Farage said the appointment was ‘unavoidable’ after he was forced to retreat to a pub in Edinburgh in 2013 when confronted by dozens of protesters.

The Secura Associates website describes the company as ‘a global team of dedicated security industry professionals, offering a complete range of security, surveillance and investigational services to a diverse portfolio of clients’.

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Nigel Farage denies using UK taxpayers’ money for security at Ukip events

Mr Farage was speaking after the Daily Mail reported Ukip used EU money to fund £58,000 worth of security at five events last autumn.

The Ukip leader insisted the money was not for his personal protection, but to pay for security at party meetings.

Nigel Farage is the leader of Ukip

Asked if it was a good use of public funds, Mr Farage said: “It’s not public money, I get zero public money from this country. The fact that the Germans help subsidise our public meetings in this country through their EU contributions – justified entirely.”

Mr Farage, who complains that British taxpayers send £350 million to Brussels each week, said he gets no help from the UK Government for his protection.

“I am the only party leader, or senior political figure, who gets no help, zero help, from the British Government, even after my family was attacked last year, I get no help at all.

“So, we have to fund the whole thing privately, which for a party the size of ours is very difficult indeed,” Mr Farage said.

The Ukip leader insisted the costs involved related to “big public events” held by the party.

“That’s less about me and more about the crowds that come, and making sure they are checked, and searched, and that good people who come along to attend political meetings can do so feeling safe.

“Do any of our other MEP’s hold public meetings around the country where anyone can come? No,” Mr Farage said.

One of the events where security costs were claimed for was held in a darts arena in Essex where there were no protesters , and duties for personnel included “ensuring refreshments have been arranged”, according to the Daily Mail.

The Ukip leader’s remarks came he unveiled a new election poster outside EU offices in London ahead of this week’s elections in the capital.

“Breakthrough Thursday – that’s what we are after. At the moment we have no representation in London, Cardiff, Belfast, or Edinburgh, and I am absolutely confident that we will breakthrough into London, Wales, Northern Ireland – and Scotland, there’s a real chance too.

“According to the opinion polls we are pretty much the highest we have ever been in the history of the party,” Mr Farage said.

The money came from £2.5 million allocated by the EU to the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) grouping in the European Parliament of which Ukip is a member.

The Daily Mail reported that a European Parliament official said it was up to the group how it spent the money given to it by EU taxpayers.

The EFDD funded Mr Farage’s speaking tour, including the security costs.

A spokesman for the group told the newspaper: “All spending on the speaking tour in late 2015 came out of the delegation budget in conformity to the rules. Everything is completely above board and was done before the regulated referendum period.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said the spending showed Ukip had taken the British taxpayer “for a ride”.

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Nigel Farage: ‘Without bodyguards I wouldn’t be here due to vicious hard-Left activists’

NIGEL FARAGE today revealed he “wouldn’t be here” without his personal security team due to “vicious” hard-Left activists.

PUBLISHED: 18:07, Tue, May 3, 2016 | UPDATED: 18:46, Tue, May 3, 2016
Nigel Farage insisted the money was not spent on his own personal protection
The Ukip leader highlighted attacks on his family as he hit back in a row over whether he used up to £15,000 a day in EU funding to pay for bodyguards.The MEP, who battles against wasteful Brussels spending, has been branded a “hypocrite” after a Daily Mail report claimed Ukip used £58,000 of EU funds to pay for a team of ex-military personnel to follow him around the country at a series of events.But Mr Farage today insisted the money was not spent on his own personal protection but to pay for general public security at events on the ‘Say No to EU’ tour, which took place over the final four months of last year.

The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, which sits in the European Parliament and is chaired by Mr Farage, have confirmed they paid for the tour through their £2.5 million-a-year EU funding.Appearing on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme this afternoon, Mr Farage dismissed the ”ridiculous story” as he insisted his personal bodyguards are funded through private money.He said: “I’m the only political leader or, I guess, politician of prominence in the UK who gets zero help from the taxpayer, zero help from the authorities in this country.

“We have asked, particularly after last April when my family were attacked on a Sunday lunchtime which was pretty nasty.”

He added: “I don’t get any help in any way at all.”

I’ve spent 17-and-a-half years using EU funds to try and fight the EU and I shall go on doing so as long as we’re in the EU.

Nigel Farage

The Ukip leader claimed without his personal security team he “wouldn’t be here” as “the hard-Left have been so vicious and so nasty”.Two sepearate Ukip sources later told Express.co.uk knives had been found by security at previous party events, including at one event as recently as last month.Describing the number of political events he attends each day, Mr Farage said: “I have to have people to drive me and look after me, that’s reasonable. We fund all of that through private donations.

“I’ve never used a penny of my European allowances, which I get to employ staff, to do security.”

Mr Farage denied the money was spent on his own bodyguards but on “expensive” general security at “big public events that we were holding in this country”.

Hitting back at claims of hypocrisy, he added: “I’ve spent 17-and-a-half years using EU funds to try and fight the EU and I shall go on doing so as long as we’re in the EU.

“But hopefully we’ll vote for Brexit, I’ll be redundant, there’ll be no need.

“I’m the turkey that will happily vote for Christmas.”

An EFDD spokesman said: “All spending on the speaking tour in late 2015 came out of the delegation budget in conformity to the rules.

“Everything is completely above board and was done before the regulated referendum period.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said the spending showed Ukip had taken the British taxpayer “for a ride”.

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The exposing of Nigel Farage, his implausible and contradictory denial & his bigging himself up following one immediately after the other reads like a script for the step caller in a Hokey Cokey!

One is forced to wonder if this is a ruse by his fan club to make him seem important – just who would see him as sufficiently relevant to assault, in serious terms, let alone his claims of potential assasination. Lets face it after 23 years of espousing anti EU membership he and his cult following have failed to come up with any type of responsible, workable & costed EU withdrawall and survival strategy for these United Kingdoms – so implausible is his position that he is replicating all of the mistakes made by the BreXiteers of 1975’s Referendum and he holds no role of substance in the EU Referendum Campaign beyond that which his chum Aaron Banks has bought for him with the help of the sleaze publisher of The Express acting as his praise singer in corruption of the basic tennets of honest journalism!

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