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Farage: Some may say it's harsh to axe MEP over receipt claim

Ukip MEP and general election candidate Janice Atkinson Credit: PA

Nigel Farage said that Ukip has axed MEP Janice Atkinson over a receipt she submitted and suggested some people may view the party's treatment as "harsh".

The Sun said it had filmed a member of Atkinson's staff "apparently plotting to make a substantial bogus expenses claim".

Mr Farage told KentOnline that the suspension was related to "quite a serious allegation that a receipt that was submitted was not all it should have been".

We treat these things very seriously so we have acted quickly - some may say harshly - so we will have to wait and see.

It's as much about how you deal with it and we have shown we deal with this kind of thing very quickly.

– Ukip leader Nigel Farage

South East Ukip MEP suspended over 'serious' financial allegations

Ukip MEP and general election candidate Janice Atkinson Credit: PA

UKIP have suspended one their Southeast MEPs tonight. Janice Atkinson who was elected to the European Parliament last year has been accused of 'allegations of a serious financial nature'.

Ms Atkinson was to have been UKIP's candidate for the Folkestone & Hythe seat in May's General Election.

The party gave no further details about the allegations that led to the removal of the party whip.

We are incredibly disappointed with Ms Atkinson, who appears to have exercised extremely poor judgment in acting in a way that the party has never and would never condone.

The party has acted swiftly and immediately and, just as we showed when we suspended another MEP for financial irregularities, we always maintain a zero-tolerance attitude towards acts of this nature.

– UKIP Party spokesperson

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Osborne fails to rule out UKIP deal

Chancellor George Osborne fails to rule out deal with UKIP's Nigel Farage Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

George Osborne has refused to rule out a deal with Ukip after the general election in the event of a hung parliament.

Nigel Farage has said he would prop up a Tory government if the party agreed to stage a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union in 2015.

The Chancellor claimed Mr Farage was trying to 'muddy the waters' and claimed the UKIP leader was 'not a credible participant' in the general election.

Chancellor George Osborne says vote for UKIP was a vote for a Labour government Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

But pressed to rule out a deal, he replied: 'Even engaging with Nigel Farage on this is giving him credibility where he has no credibility.'

The UKIP leader issued David Cameron with a four-point ultimatum on Britain's position in Europe in an extract of his memoirs published by the Sunday Telegraph.

And he said he would bar EU citizens who do not hold a British passport from voting, even though that would include his German wife, Kirsten, and could lead to a legal challenge.

But the UKIP parliamentary candidate for South Thanet reiterated that his party would not enter a formal coalition with the Tories and he was not interested in a 'ministerial car'.

Mr Farage said: 'I would look to do a deal where we would back key votes for them - such as the budget - but in return for very specific criteria on an EU referendum.'

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Sandwich on the menu for Pub Landlord

He'd hoped to make a splash by dropping into Sandwich from 10,000 feet - but as it turned out, too many sandwiches were his downfall.

The Free UK Party's Pub Landlord and would-be MP, Al Murray, was banned from a parachuting stunt this morning after weighing in too hefty for the jump.

Unbeaten, he went to Sandwich anyway and we sent reporter David Johns to track his election progress.

He spoke to Al Murray of FUKP and Nigel Askew of the Reality Party.

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