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West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament.
9:35AM GMT 23 Feb 2012
The MEP was arrested and bailed with three other people yesterday as part of a probe into expenses by West Midlands Police.
Properties have been searched by officers investigating an allegation made in 2010 over the use of allowances and expenses.
Ms Sinclaire, 43, was elected as a UKIP MEP in June 2009 and came third in the contest to succeed Nigel Farage as party leader later that year.
But she had the whip withdrawn in 2010 for refusing to sit with the party’s Italian allies Liga Nord in the European Parliament. Ms Sinclaire, a lesbian, said the party were homophobic.
She won a claim for sex discrimation against her former colleagues at an employment tribunal and now sits as an independent.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: „Officers from West Midlands Police Economic Crime Unit arrested four people yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament.
„Two women aged 55 and 39 and a man aged 19 were arrested at addresses in Solihull, Worcester and Birmingham and were taken to a police station for questioning. A 43-year-old woman was later arrested at a police station in Birmingham.
„All four have since been released on police bail.
„Searches have been carried out at the addresses involved by officers conducting an investigation into an allegation made in 2010 regarding allowances and expenses.“
On her Twitter page today, a spokesman for Miss Sinclaire said the MEP attended the police station in Birmingham voluntarily yesterday and co-operated fully with the police.
„This is particularly frustrating to Ms Sinclaire who is eager to clear her name and has nothing to hide,“ tweets on the MEP’s page said.
The MEP „disputes all allegations put towards her or her staff“, which were „old allegations made by a disgruntled ex-employee who himself is under investigation and whose motives are entirely political to pursue his advancement in Ukip“, they continued.
Due to the police investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time, it added.
It said Miss Sinclaire and her office would continue to „fully co-operate with the police on this matter“.
In a short statement, Ukip said Ms Sinclaire ceased to be an MEP for the party in 2010.
„It would be inappropriate for the party to make any comment during the process of an ongoing police inquiry,“ the statement said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/9100203/MEP-Nikki-Sinclaire-arrested-in-expenses-probe.html