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European Parliament fight could cost UKIP MEPs €6,000 in lost expenses

Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem, the two UKIP MEPs who yesterday (6 October) fought in the European Parliament, face suspension and a cut in their daily expenses, after an investigation was launched by European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

Schulz could ban the Eurosceptics from claiming the controversial daily €304 allowance that MEPs get for turning up to work. The punishment could last for up to ten days, potentially costing the two men €3,040 each in lost claims.

Woolfe was rushed to hospital after the punch-up in Strasbourg, and there were fears he could have suffered life-threatening injuries. The favourite to take over the UKIP leadership had collapsed but was later pictured smiling in his hospital bed alongside his ally, Nigel Farage.

President Schulz, who has clashed with UKIP in the past, has ordered the Parliament’s advisory committee for the code of conduct to investigate the brawl. The advisory committee, which is made up of other MEPs, will speak to Woolfe and UKIP defence spokesman Hookem.

After the committee report, Schulz will decide the eventual punishment, ranging from a written or verbal warning, the cut in expenses, to the removal of European Parliament offices held by an MEP. Even if Woolfe and Hookem are suspended, they can still vote in plenary.

>>Read: Whole story on EurActiv

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