Glenys Kinnock is queen of the junkets
Posted by Jamie at 1 35 PM on Sunday, May 30
PAMPERED MEPs have squandered almost
£5MILLION jetting off on junkets.
The Brussels politicians have clocked up more than
14million air miles — the equivalent of flying to the moon and back 29
Their tough jobs have taken them to paradise spots
such as the Maldives and the Caribbean, staying in top hotels with time off for
Britain’s Glenys Kinnock is queen of the
jetsetters, topping the list by travelling a whopping 143,000 miles, costing
taxpayers almost £60,000.
The new study — based on EU documents — by the Open
Europe think-tank shows MEPs have spent £4.7million on official trips since
2004. That is on top of the £91,163 A YEAR each gets for “normal” travel
Lady Kinnock quit last year, but not before she had
jetted off to the likes of St Lucia, Barbados and the Seychelles.
And the foreign “work” of Brit Euro MPs Robert
Evans, James Nicholson and Nirj Deva took them to the Maldives via Sri Lanka.
Siân Herbert of Open Europe said: “It seems
ridiculous that while the EU faces economic crisis, MEPs jet to far-flung
destinations and stay in luxury hotels.”
Lady Kinnock said: “As co-president of an assembly
with 78 African, Pacific and Caribbean states, my role required a large number
of meetings and official visits.”
A spokesman for Mr Nicholson said: “Jim dealt with
Australia, New Zealand and the US so attracted more foreign