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Farage: MPs deserve 50% pay rise if Britain leaves EU

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has claimed that if Britain voted to leave the European Union, MPs would deserve a 50% pay rise.

During a radio phone-in on LBC, he said if Parliament "actually ran this country", he would support an increase in MPs pay from the present £67,060 to £90,000, or even £100,000.

Nigel Farage says MPs would deserve a pay rise of up to 50% if Britain votes to leave the EU.
Nigel Farage says MPs would deserve a pay rise of up to 50% if Britain votes to leave the EU. Credit: Reuters

"If we had a sovereign parliament that actually ran this country and was directly responsible for the rules and regulations that controlled our industries, that determined whether we succeeded or failed in the world, I would have no problem in paying MPs more," Mr Farage said.

He said the increase would bring MPs wages closer to those earned by a local comprehensive headmaster and further suggested GPs' wages should be capped.

The politician will announce within a few weeks which Commons seat he will fight at the 2015 general election.

Nigel Farage calls Tony Blair an 'embarrassment'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage dismissed Tony Blair as an "embarrassment" who should hold his tongue - and added he is opposed to Western military intervention in Iraq or Syria.

Ukip's leader Nigel Farage called Tony Blair an "embarrassment". Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Mr Farage was commenting on the former PM's claims that lack of intervention in Syria is to blame for rise of Islamist insurgents in Iraq.

The Ukip leader said Mr Blair's "state of outright denial of the obvious consequences of his disastrous decision-making on Iraq is making increasingly uncomfortable viewing."

"In almost every country in which the West has intervened or even implied support for regime change, the situation has been made worse and not better," he said.

Read: Tony Blair: Lack of intervention in Syria to blame for rise of Islamist insurgents in Iraq

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Electoral Commission 'considering Farage case' carefully

The UK's Electoral Commission says it has still not decided whether or not to take action against Nigel Farage over his failure to declare free use of an office.

Ukip have insisted Mr Farage made a declaration about the use - which constitutes a donation under electoral rules - to the EU authorities in Brussels after being advised to do so.

"We have not yet made a decision about whether any further action will be taken against Mr Farage for reporting the donations late," a spokesman said.

"We are continuing to review all of the necessary information supplied to us by Mr Farage and are considering it carefully."

Farage could face punishment over undeclared office use

Nigel Farage could be facing punishment from the elections watchdog over £200,000 worth of undeclared donations spanning a decade.

The Ukip leader had told EU authorities in Brussels that he has been receiving free use of a British office, but he did not inform the UK's Electoral Commission.

Nigel Farage addressing activists after the European elections. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The British authorities were reportedly alerted to the issue by news reports in the run-up to the recent local and European elections.

A Ukip spokesman said Mr Farage had reported the use of the office to the Brussels authorities in line with "professional advice he had received at the time" and was "surprised" the Electoral Commission needed to be informed as well.

Farage's 'dream has become a reality' after topping poll

Nigel Farage said his "dream has become a reality" after Ukip topped the European parliament polls in England and Wales leaving the party with 23 MEPs.

He claimed Ukip was now the third party in British politics after the Liberal Democrats lost all but one of their MEPs in the election.

He added: "I think it is a political earthquake because I think the implications for Nick Clegg are very serious indeed, the implications for Ed Miliband are serious indeed and for David Cameron perhaps not quite as bad but that debate within his party is going to continue."

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Ukip's Farage hails 'massive result right across UK'

ITV News deputy political editor Chris Ship spoke to a jubilant Nigel Farage after his victory speech in Southampton.

The Ukip leader hailed a "massive result...right across the United Kingdom" and promised a "breakthrough coming tomorrow in Scotland."

He added that he would make the decision as to where to stand for a Westminster seat "before the summer recess" and confirmed it would be a constituency in the South East region.

Ukip on track for 'an earthquake' election victory

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said his party was on track for an 'earthquake' win.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage said his party was on track for an 'earthquake' win. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Nigel Farage has said Ukip is on track to win the European elections, describing it as being "an earthquake because never before in the history of British politics has a party seen to be an insurgent party ever topped the polls in a national election."

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