Rotherham Ukip candidate and Euro MP denies expenses ‘wrongdoing’

UKIP candidate Jane Collins
UKIP candidate Jane Collins
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Ukip politician Jane Collins has ‘refuted any wrongdoing’ over the use of her European Parliament allowances.

The Yorkshire MEP and Rotherham MP candidate runs her office from a house near Hull, which belongs to a company of which her partner Mike Kendall is a director.

She does not pay rent but fellow MEP Mike Hookem pays £14,000 a year to use the space and ‘shares’ it with her. Ms Collins contributes around £7,200 a year in running costs.

MPs, including Rother Valley’s Kevin Barron, have called for an investigation as Westminster says ‘no costs may be claimed relating to an MP’s rental of a property’ owned by a family member.

A Ukip spokesman said Ms Collins ‘wholeheartedly refutes any wrongdoing’ and the office sharing was designed to allow the MEPs to ‘work together cohesively.’