Saluting Batten's decision
As a UKIP MEP re-elected to the European Union parliament in June 2009, Gerard Batten was given the option of taking an increased salary of €91,983.72 per annum (about £83,622) or staying on the old salary scale.
He made the irrevocable decision of opting to remain on the lower salary.
“In a time of economic crisis when many of my constituents are in fear of losing their jobs, and when politicians’ reputations have never been lower, I did not feel it would be justified to take an increase in salary of almost £19,000 per annum.
He also deprived himself of an additional EU pension, all paid by the tax-payer.
We oppose the EU parliament lock, stock and barrel, but we salute Batten's decision.