– MEP activity levels revealed – shows UKIP’s single MEP in the North East, works harder than the region’s two Labour MEPs combined.
– Arnott says it is an example of ‘rank hypocrisy that is engrained in the Labour Party’, and that the Labour Party in the North East is becoming ‘all smear and no substance’ in its constant attacks on UKIP.
As 2014’s MEP activity figures are revealed, Labour’s two North East MEPs have been accused of ‘rank hypocrisy’, by UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.
The claim comes as final activity figures of MEPs within the European Parliament were revealed by independent organisation, MEPRanking, showing that Mr. Arnott is one of the hardest-working MEPs anywhere in the country.
Figures released show that Mr Arnott has made 73 speeches in the European Parliament, in comparison to Labour’s combined total of just 6, since their term of office began on the 1st July.
Mr Arnott’s figure is the highest of any British MEP of any Party, and 9th out of all 750 MEPs in the European Parliament.
Figures also show that Arnott, UKIP’s first ever elected MEP for the North East, has asked 36 parliamentary questions to the European Commission on behalf of constituents, in comparison to a combined total of the two Labour MEPs of just 15.
Shortly after the European election results, Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling said “I think there’s a responsibility if you are elected by people, to properly represent them in the organisation you are elected to. Up till now, Jonathan Arnott said he is not going to participate in the European Parliament, I think that is a betrayal of the electorate”.
In the Journal (31st October), Labour’s David Anderson MP added “When Mr Arnott and his colleagues start attending their jobs regularly in Brussels and Strasbourg and do their job for which they were elected they might be listened to more”.
Following the news, UKIP’s local Euro MP Jonathan Arnott said “This is yet another fine example of the lies that were made about me in the run up to the European elections, and the rank hypocrisy that is engrained in the Labour Party. I had never said that I wouldn’t participate, merely that I wanted to spend time back in the UK working hard for my constituents as well. These figures clearly show that I’ve worked much harder in the European Parliament than both Labour MEPs put together.”
Mr Arnott pointed to public meetings he has attended in recent months to meet constituents at various locations across the North East, including Alnwick, Blyth, Bedlington, Cramlington, Gateshead and Middlesbrough – with more planned in January and February.
“When you compare the record of Labour’s MEPs to mine, it’s rank hypocrisy for them to make these claims. The Labour Party in the North East is becoming ‘all smear and no substance’ in its constant attacks on UKIP, even when they have been categorically proven wrong” added Arnott.
Notes to the editor:
MEPRanking – Record of Jonathan Arnott MEP: http://www.mepranking.eu/mep.php?id=124958
MEPRanking – Record of Jude Kirton Darling MEP: http://www.mepranking.eu/mep.php?id=124953
MEPRanking – Record of Paul Brannen MEP: http://www.mepranking.eu/mep.php?id=124954