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Labour`s craven dishonesty over EU Budget
Date 03/07/2013 16:43  Author webmaster  Hits 2033  Language Global
"This vote shows the craven dishonesty of the Labour Party. In October 2012 they were crowing how they voted against an increase in the EU budget, but when given the opportunity to call for unspent money to be returned to the British Exchequer they said 'No, the EU can keep it,'" - UKIP MEP William Dartmouth.

The Labour Party was accused of "craven dishonesty" for voting against a UKIP amendment in the European Parliament today to return unspent money to national budgets.

UKIP MEP William Dartmouth placed two amendments to a Motion for Resolution on the EU 2014-2020 Budget (MFF).

It called for "unspent money at the end of each year cannot be transferred to the following year but must be returned to national budgets;"

While UKIP MEPs as well as the Tories voted in favour of the amendment, Labour and LibDem MEPs voted to reject it (see results in link below).


The Labour Party in October 2012 told the world that they had voted against an EU Budget increase.

UKIP MEP William Dartmouth said after the vote:

"This vote shows the craven dishonesty of the Labour Party. In October 2012 they were crowing how they voted against an increase in the EU budget, but when given the opportunity to call for unspent money to be returned to the British Exchequer they said 'No, the EU can keep it.'

"This long term EU Budget will increase the amount of money spent on EU bureaucracy as well as the bloated European External Action Service.

"If parties are serious about returning power and money to the British people they should have supported this amendment which Labour did not.

"Today's vote shows that the Labour Party action in October was a cheap political stunt with no conviction behind it.

"No wonder many people are cynical about Milliband's pro-EU Labour politicians."

Related:
Results of roll-call votes (03.07.2013) - PDF
- See B7-0332/2013 - Am 1 (Page 8-9) and B7-0332/2013 - Am 2 (Page 10-11)
EU budget: Parliament accepts negotiated MFF 2014-2020 package (European Parliament)
Labour MEPs vote against EU Budget - 2012-10-26 (eurolabour.org)
Labour to vote for EU budget cut (Guardian)
www.ukip.org
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