Nigel Farage is raking in at least £27,000 a month from his media company on top of MEP’s salary, according to official documents.
The Brexit Party leader confirmed that Thorn In The Side Ltd is making at least £324,000 a year before tax in a declaration of interests filed in the European Parliament.
It lists the firm as making at least 30,000 euros a month gross – £27,000 at the current exchange rate – and records that he is unpaid as leader of the upstart political party.
Mr Farage was re-elected as an MEP in May as the Brexit Party rocked politics, with its 29 euro-MPs taking their seats in controversial fashion yesterday by disrespecting the EU anthem.
He insisted today that he would take the £94,000 annual salary of the job, telling Good Morning Britain he could not live in a ‘mud hut’.
Documents filed in the UK show that Thorn In The Side also has assets of more than half a million pounds at the time of its last filing, and that Mr Farage is its sole director.
Mr Farage returned to the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday alongside new MEP Ann Widdecombe
Mr Farage’s declaration pf interests to the European Parliament shows that Thorn In The Side makes at least £27,000 (30,000 euros) a month – but he draws no salary as leader of the Brexit Party
Mr Farage defended the protest action – which was condemned by critics – this morning on GMB, saying he had ‘no regrets whatsoever’
The Brexit Party’s Euro-disruptors arrived at their first European Parliament session yesterday and immediately kicked off a row by turning their backs as the EU anthem was played.
The 29 politicians elected in May’s shock election result deliberately turned away as Beethoven’s Ode to Joy was played in the parliamentary building in Strasbourg.
Mr Farage defended the action – which was condemned by critics – this morning on GMB, saying he had ‘no regrets whatsoever.’
The 29 politicians elected in May’s shock election result deliberately turned away as Beethoven’s Ode to Joy was played in the parliamentary building in Strasbourg
‘Well, let’s look at it shall we, the orchestra assembled, and everybody stood for the European anthem … the president of the parliament looked at the Brexit group and said, very pointedly, ”you should stand up when the anthem of another country is being played”.
‘Country! There he was declaring the European Union is a state in its own right. So what they have done is stolen the democratic rights from hundreds of millions of Europeans without even asking anybody if they wanted it.
‘So we stood up as he asked and turned our backs, not only as a British gesture, but as a gesture for democracy across the whole of Europe.’
Mr Farage has been contacted for comment.