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MP calls for ban on EU migrants claiming benefits for children living abroad

A new law banning EU migrants from claiming benefits for children living overseas should be drawn up, a Midland MP has claimed.

Philip Hollobone (Con, Kettering) told the House of Commons he wants to end the "absurd anomaly" which allows taxpayers' cash to be used to pay for offspring who live abroad.

A Midland MP wants a ban on EU migrants receiving benefits for children who live overseas Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS

Airing his Ten Minute Bill proposal, he said:

I think that's wrong. The Prime Minister thinks it is wrong, most of the people in this country think it is wrong.

This Bill would put that wrong right.

– Philip Hollobone, Kettering MP

According to Mr Hollobone, as of the end of last year, around 20,400 child benefit payouts had been awarded covering 34,268 children living in other EU states - 0.3 per cent of the total amount of payouts.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone Credit: conservatives.com

He added that he hoped these figures would help convince people to pull out of Europe.

Whilst not a large number, I think most people in this country would regard this as wrong.

I am not in favour of Britain's membership of the EU. I believe we would be better off...as a nation if we controlled once again our tax and fiscal regimes, our work and benefits system and ultimately control of our borders.

I hope that my Bill will play a small role in ultimately securing the exit of the UK from the EU.

– Philip Hollobone, Kettering MP

The top six countries to benefit from the payouts were Poland, followed by Ireland, Lithuania, France, Latvia and Spain.