Euro MP told to repay £500k

Den Dover's family home in Furzehill Road, Borehamwood

Den Dover

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A Conservative MEP has been told to repay more than £500,000 of expenses paid to a company registered at his family home in Borehamwood.

Den Dover, European Parliament representative for north-west England, was found to have breached European parliamentary rules following an official inquiry and was expelled from his party this week.

Findings of the parliamentary investigation showed there was a conflict of interest in Mr Dover’s decision to make payments to family members for office work.

In June, the Boreham-wood & Elstree Times reported Mr Dover had denied breaking rules after details emerged of the £760,000 expenses payments to M.P. Holdings, registered at a house in Furzehill Road, over a seven-year period.

Following Mr Dover’s expulsion on Wednesday, a Conservative Party spokeswoman said: “David Cameron wants total transparency on all issues like this. He has said that where there is wrongdoing he will act and he has acted very swiftly. Den Dover’s conduct has been unacceptable.”

Mr Dover resigned as his party’s chief whip in June — a position in which he had to maintain party discipline and organise votes.

Figures published in May by the Electoral Comm-ission revealed M.P. Holdings donated £1,200 to the Chorley Conservative Party, in Lancashire, last December. The firm had received fees to provide Mr Dover with secretarial and administrative support from European Parliament funds.

M.P. Holdings’ only directors are Mr Dover’s wife Kathleen, 68, and his daughter Amanda, 40.

Mr Dover started his political career serving on Barnet Council. From 1979 to 1997 he was MP for Chorley before being elected as an MEP in June 1999. Before entering politics he worked in the construction industry.

He will now face an investigation by the European Union’s anti-fraud body, Olaf, which has the power to ask police in Britain to carry out searches.

Mr Dover was not available for comment.

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1:24am Fri 14 Nov 08

Billy_Boy says...

Typical snouts in the trough overpaid corrupt eurocrats! How many
more of them over there are fiddling their expenses? Billions of
pounds just go missing and is never
accounted for and we're paying for
it! What do we get in return? stupid, idiotic red tape laws and meddling in
our own affairs, which costs this
country billions.

Read this in a paper just the other
day:
"After 14 years of trying, the European Union has finally managed to have its budget passed – even though the auditors say they have no idea where €6 billion have gone
The European Court of Auditors said it had signed off the budget, to which the UK contributes £40 million a day, but it added that it could not trace the missing €6 billion."

Lets get out of the EU now!
Typical snouts in the trough overpaid corrupt eurocrats! How many more of them over there are fiddling their expenses? Billions of pounds just go missing and is never accounted for and we're paying for it! What do we get in return? stupid, idiotic red tape laws and meddling in our own affairs, which costs this country billions. Read this in a paper just the other day: "After 14 years of trying, the European Union has finally managed to have its budget passed – even though the auditors say they have no idea where €6 billion have gone The European Court of Auditors said it had signed off the budget, to which the UK contributes £40 million a day, but it added that it could not trace the missing €6 billion." Lets get out of the EU now! Billy_Boy
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8:53pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Mr.B says...

Den Dover? More like Ben Dover the way he has been ****ing the taxpayers cash.
Den Dover? More like Ben Dover the way he has been ****ing the taxpayers cash. Mr.B
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