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Ashley Mote (Former Ukip Mep) Has Been Sentenced To Five Years In Prison.

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He was fired from UKIP when the party discovered he was being convicted for benefit fraud.

In May 2015, Mote was convicted of embezzling nearly half a million pounds, and today he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Full text of the sentence

They listened to you closely for days as you lied, protested, lied and lied again about the monies you had fraudulently claimed as expenses while serving your constituents and your country as an MEP. During the period from 2004 to 2009 you corruptly fiddled over £400,000 in expenses. Your greed and dishonesty were matched only by your hypocrisy, because while this was going on you carried out a high ‐ profile campaign condemning corruption and the improper use of public money in the very institution from which you were leeching it.

You knew perfectly well what the rules were for the claiming of expenses; and you also knew perfectly well that what you were doing had nothing to do with funding whistleblowers and everything to do with funding your bridging loan, your mortgage, your legal expenses that were unrelated to your role as an MEP, and your family. If there had been any truth in your claims that you used these huge sums of money to fund whistleblowers you would have been able to show it without in any way compromising them. But you couldn’t.

It was plain for all to see that the monies went into your bank accounts or accounts which you controlled, and did not come out except to fund you and your family. You abused your position of trust as an elected representative, and you abused the trust that the European Parliament placed in you, consistently making false statements in the knowledge that the institutions trusted their MEPs to be reliable and honest.

Along the way, you deceived people who shared your declared political ideals and even regarded you as something of a political hero. You are, as was said by the trial judge when you were convicted of substantial benefits fraud in 2007, a thoroughly dishonest man

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this is an MEP who was dishonest and happened to be UKIP

he was not dishonest because he was in the UKIP party - although that is what the media will make of it.

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Hmmm, what does UKIP the party say about this I wonder?

What is there to say?

As soon as they became aware wrong doing on his part they expelled him from the party.

None of the dancing about and promises of investigations and robust action you get with the Tory's Lib Dems and Labour. Direct action and quick.

UKIP may be a lot of things but tolerant of law breaking they are not.

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He never actually represented UKIP in the European Parliament so he was never an official UKIP MEP. What does this have to do with house prices?

exactly

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He never actually represented UKIP in the European Parliament so he was never an official UKIP MEP. What does this have to do with house prices?

One more for sale?

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this is an MEP who was dishonest and happened to be UKIP

he was not dishonest because he was in the UKIP party - although that is what the media will make of it.

What would they say if he was a Conservative, Labour, LibDem, SNP... MP? Exactly the same I suspect.

Come to think of it would you refer to him as if he was one of the above?

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What would they say if he was a Conservative, Labour, LibDem, SNP... MP? Exactly the same I suspect.

If he was one of those then you'd never even hear about any corruption unless you were a proper politics nerd and digging away at obscure stories. See: Neil Kinnock.

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