Ashley Mote, the former UKIP MEP who left to join a far-right European group as an independent, has been convicted of benefit fraud.
The MEP was claiming thousands in unemployment benefits between 1996 and 2002 but failed to notify the DWP of changes to his circumstances. He was elected as an MEP in 2004 for UKIP but the party withdrew the whip later that year when he was accused of benefit fraud. In 2005 he joined another group in the European Parliament and in 2007 he co-founded the “Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty” right-wing nationalist group. In 2006, Ashley Mote was in talks with the English Democrats about joining their party but they evidently fell through.
Hat-tip: English Democrats