Saturday, February 19, 2005

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Nose in the festering pot

Three-minute 'shift' for MEP
A CHORLEY-based MEP claimed allowances after spending just minutes in the EU Parliament. Conservative MEP Den Dover, who represents the North West in Brussels, was photographed leaving the parliament building after just three minutes inside.

It was reported in a national newspaper this week that he signed in early last Wednesday and then left almost immediately to catch the 8.13am Eurostar train back to London. He was then driven to Chorley in a BMW. Mr Dover still picked up his £190 attendance allowance.

The MEP failed to respond to phone calls and answerphone messages left at both his constituency office in Countess Way, Euxton, and his Brussels office yesterday.

A spokesman for the European Parliament said: "The claim does not break any of the parliamentary rules." MEPs are allowed to claim £190 for participation in official meetings to cover general expenses.

There is no requirement to provide proof of meetings or time spent in official buildings and to claim allowances MEPs simply have to sign an attendance register.

On his website, http://www.dendovermep.co.uk/ Mr Dover sets out his MISSION STATEMENT FOR 2002

To continue my very high attendance and voting records in Brussels and Strasbourg.

To keep 'doing what is best for Britain in Europe' in accordance with my election pledge.

To liaise with Members of Parliament, Councillors and Members of the Party at all times.

As Budgets Spokesman to improve value for money in Europe and reduce the costs.

As a Member of the Employment Committee to create the right conditions for enterprise



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