19 MAR 2011
By Martyn Brown | Daily Express
SQUANDERING Eurocrats fritter millions of pounds on security, chauffeur-driven cars and spin doctors, it emerged last night.
The full scale of the European Parliament’s excess is revealed in a report on its 2009 budget – spent at the height of the world economic meltdown – to be thrashed out next week in Strasbourg.
So shocking are the figures that critics say it is certain to add to the momentum behind the Daily Express crusade for the UK to withdraw from the EU.
Almost £38million was spent on 900 security guards, most of whom were external contract staff, while £70million was paid out on 722 spin doctors.
Of the total £1.5billion European Parliament budget, £3million was spent ferrying officials around in chauffeur-driven cars in Strasbourg and Brussels.
Eurosceptic UKIP leader Nigel Farage said last night: “This report is like an Exocet missile.
“It blows to shreds any last respectability that the European Parliament may wish for. This simple factual report is the most devastating critique of EU waste I have seen.
“Things have become so bad that even Europhiles like the report’s author are angry about the abuse of taxpayers’ money.”
Charlotte Linacre, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, described the EU’s “blatant disregard” for taxpayers’ money as “excruciating”.
She said spending on spin doctors was insulting, adding: “Eurocrats need to get out of their limos, come back to the real world and stop squandering our money.”
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