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Ukip MEP claims 'bogus' police complaint is part of smear campaign

Published 19/08/2016

Nathan Gill is the subject of a fraud inquiry
Nathan Gill is the subject of a fraud inquiry

A Ukip MEP has voiced his anger after being made the subject of an "entirely bogus" complaint to police.

Nathan Gill was spoken to by officers following claims he had misused his European Parliament allowances and expenses for political purposes.

Detectives have now confirmed they will not be taking the matter any further.

Father-of-five Mr Gill, who quit Ukip's group in the Welsh Assembly earlier this week, said he believed the accusations were part of a smear campaign against him.

"I am in no doubt whatsoever that these claims - which are entirely bogus - have been made against me as part of an ongoing strategy to damage my reputation," he said in a statement.

"I trust that those wilfully attempting to harm me will face appropriate charges.

"I find it utterly incredible that this ongoing, baseless and vicious campaign against me is being pursued as a priority by some."

A complaint about Mr Gill was made to the UK's national fraud and cyber crime unit Action Fraud in July before it was passed onto North Wales Police.

Officers looked into the claims and spoke to Mr Gill, but said they have decided not to take matters any further.

A force spokesman said: "North Wales Police confirm correspondence from Action Fraud received on August 11 concerning allegations of fraud against an Anglesey man are being reviewed by OLAF, the anti fraud Office of the European Union.

"As such, North Wales Police will not be investigating the matter further."

Mr Gill added: "Anybody can report an MEP to OLAF with or without evidence and they are duty-bound to investigate.

"Such cases are commonplace but sadly can drag on for a long time.

"I will co-operate fully with that investigation to ensure it is brought to a close as soon as possible.

"I wish to make it very clear I have done absolutely nothing wrong and am well aware of who are behind this poisonous and deeply malicious attack."

Mr Gill has been an MEP for Ukip since 2014. Two years later he was elected as a Welsh Assembly Member.

However, this week, he quit the party's group in the Senedd following an ongoing row about "double jobbing".

Ukip AMs had called on the former care home boss to resign from his Cardiff Bay or Brussels job - but Mr Gill refused to back down and insisted he could do both roles.

After quitting Ukip's group in the Assembly, Mr Gill said he would stand as an independent AM for North Wales instead but remain an MEP for the party.

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