Nigel Farage fined for failing to declare free office space

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THE LEADER of the UK Independence Party has been fined after not declaring the free use of office space.

MEP Nigel Farage was given the £200 fine after he didn’t disclose to the Electoral Commission the donation in-kind of office space.

A probe by the Electoral Commission has determined that the use of the 625 sq ft office near Littlehampton, West Sussex, had been worth £3,500, rising to £3,800, per annum since Mr Farage started using it in 2001.

The commission did find, however, that the donations had been declared correctly to the European Parliament and that there had been no intent to hide the donations.

Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 all non-cash donations of more than £1,500 that are made to individual regulated donees, must be reported to the Commission.

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