Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

We didn't vote for the National Front

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Anneliese condemned the decision of Janice Atkinson to join forces with the French National Front to create a far right group in the European Parliament.

Until now, the National Front have not been able to create a political group, but with Atkinson - who was elected as a UKIP MEP last year - joining them they reach the threshold of having MEPs from seven different countries, required to form a group. The creation of a group means that they can get access to over 17 million euros over the next four years.

Anneliese said: "I know that people the length and breadth of the South East of England, from Milton Keynes to Margate, will be furious that one of their elected representatives has thrown her lot in with Marine Le Pen and the French far right. The South East did not vote for racism and yet that is what we are getting. By joining with the National Front, Janice Atkinson is not only going against the wishes of her electors, but also providing the far right with millions of euros of taxpayers' money."

Anneliese continued: "I hope that Nigel Farage will look far more carefully in the future at how UKIP selects candidates. Not only have two UKIP MEPs been imprisoned for fiddling their expenses, now one is helping bankroll the far right with taxpayers' money."

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