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EUobserver / Opponents accuse poll-climbing Ukip of expenses hypocrisy

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The major beneficiary of British voter disgust at the ongoing MP expenses scandal, the UK Independence Party, is attracting brickbats from left, right and far right, accusing the eurosceptic party of hypocrisy when it comes to fiddling expenses.

Meanwhile, the threat of a gaggle of hard-right MPs descending upon Strasbourg from Britain appears to have ebbed, as the far-right British National Party (BNP) lowers its expectations to just one seat.

Ukip are being targeted by opponents as they hoover up votes from disgruntled voters (Photo: Ian Dodds)

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The knives have come out for Ukip as it has begun to hoover up votes of disaffected voters revolted by a seemingly ever-widening expenses scandal in which dozens of MPs from all the mainline parties are revealed to have been using parliamentary expenses instead on second homes, food bills and, in the case of one deputy, having his moat cleaned.

Two recent polls have put Ukip, which favours a British exit from the European Union, on a level-pegging with the ruling Labour party. In one survey, Labour is pushed into fourth place behind the eurosceptic party.

by Fran on Tue May 26th, 2009 at 03:26:44 PM EST
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