Janice Atkinson, the UKIP MEP for the South East, has been suspended by the party. The party has also confirmed that she will not represent them for the Folkestone and Hythe at the General Election.
The party admitted that the allegations were of serious financial misconduct and the BBC have reported that it related to expenses fraud. Atkinson has yet to make a statement on the allegations. Atkinson previously stated that she left the Conservative to join UKIP because she couldn’t “speak about immigration, Europe and grammar schools”.
Atkinson apologised to the media in August 2014 for using the phrase “ting-tong” about one of the party’s supporters. Despite the family stating that she was a “racist bigot” UKIP took no further disciplinary action at the time.