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Britain's anti-EU leader denies expenses allegations

Eurosceptic UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said Tuesday he was considering legal action after a British newspaper reported that he faces an investigation over his EU expenses. Farage told the BBC that the "outrageous" allegations published by Rupert Murdoch's The Times were politically motivated, ahead of European Parliament elections on May 22. The Times reported that a former UKIP official had made a complaint to the European Union's anti-fraud office OLAF over allowances that Farage receives for his constituency office in Britain.

Britain's anti-EU leader Farage denies expenses allegations

Eurosceptic UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said Tuesday he was considering legal action after a British newspaper reported that he faces an investigation over his EU expenses. Farage told the BBC that the "outrageous" allegations published by Rupert Murdoch's The Times were politically motivated ahead of European parliament elections on May 22. The Times reported that a former UKIP official had made a complaint to the European Union's anti-fraud office OLAF over allowances that Farage receives for his constituency office in Britain.

TV debates boost British eurosceptic leader

British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage has bolstered his credentials as a credible political figure after two televised debates with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, commentators said on Thursday. Farage's UK Independence Party (UKIP) was once described by Prime Minister David Cameron as a "bunch of fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists", but the debates showed that no party can dismiss their challenge now, political observers said.

British eurosceptic leader hails 'wonderful' Swiss immigration vote

The leader of Britain's main eurosceptic party hailed "wise" Swiss voters Sunday for backing curbs on EU immigration, saying it would encourage others across the continent. Nigel Farage, the head of the UK Independence Party, said Switzerland had stood up to "bullying" from Brussels and that it was "not a matter of race but of space." "This is wonderful news for national sovereignty and freedom lovers throughout Europe," said Farage, who is a member of the European parliament (MEP).

'Gay marriage caused floods' councillor suspended in Britain

The anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Sunday suspended a local councillor who blamed recent flooding across Britain on the government's decision to legalise gay marriage. David Silvester, a devout Christian who defected from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party in protest at last year's move to allow same-sex marriage, claimed Britain had been "beset by storms" in recent weeks because the new law had angered God.

British PM pledges crackdown on EU migrant benefits

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday announced plans to restrict the right of EU migrants to claim unemployment benefits, prompting a rebuke from the bloc's employment commissioner. Cameron was responding to growing calls from his Conservative party and sections of the media for action to manage the expected influx of Bulgarian and Romanians when restrictions on their entry to Britain are lifted on January 1.

Tycoon to fund British anti-EU party's European election campaign

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - A rich British businessman said on Monday he would "do whatever it takes" to help the UK Independence Party fight next year's European Union polls, where gains for the anti-EU group could hurt Prime Minister David Cameron's chances of winning a second term. UKIP, a right-wing group that wants to leave the EU and impose tighter immigration controls, is leaching support from Cameron's Conservatives and poses one of the biggest obstacles to his re-election at a national poll in May 2015.

Czech agro tycoon emerges as king-maker after election

By Jan Lopatka and Jason Hovet PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovak-born billionaire and political novice Andrej Babis became the king-maker of Czech politics on Saturday, after voters angry at graft among the country's political establishment made his new party the second biggest in parliament. The mercurial 59-year-old overcame being a non-native Czech speaker and a hazy political program to win 18.7 percent of the vote in the election, just behind the Social Democrats, who garnered a disappointing 20.5 percent.

British Euro lawmaker calls women 'sluts'

A veteran lawmaker from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) was stripped of the party whip on Friday after describing a room full of women as "sluts", the party said. Godfrey Bloom, who sits in the European Parliament, had "gone too far", UKIP leader Nigel Farage said earlier. Farage, who had earlier given a speech to UKIP's annual conference, told the BBC before the decision: "My recommendation is that we now today remove the party whip." He said 63-year-old Bloom's behaviour had been "selfish" and was overshadowing "all the good things" happening at the conference.

Britain's surging anti-EU party promises 'earthquake' at polls

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain's rising right-wing anti-EU party on Friday promised a political "earthquake" with victory in next year's European elections, a challenge that could threaten David Cameron's hopes of a second term as prime minister. Nigel Farage, head of the anti-mass immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP), said it would overturn decades of dominance by Britain's main three parties, the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
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