• 30 OCT 2011
Mail Online (EU chief Baroness Ashton's five star spa break... as Europe teeters on the brink of financial collapse
Baroness Ashton, the vice-president of the European Union has come under fire after she headed off on a luxury break to a five star hotel in Australia.
As European leaders struggled to save the euro on Wednesday, Baroness Ashton flew to Perth where she attended a three-day Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which started on Friday.
But once the opening day was finished she flew off to Melbourne on a private trip where she was due to stay at the exclusive Club Spa Suite at the Langham hotel which overlooks the Yarra river.
Head of the UK Independence Party and an MEP, Nigel Farage, said: 'Catherine Ashton has absolutely no business travelling to the Commonwealth meeting and every taxpayer penny spent on her trip there is a total waste.'
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