'Hypocrite' Nigel Farage faces fresh criticism for hosting Brexit Party at EU-funded Doncaster Racecourse again

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has faced fresh criticism ahead of his latest visit to the EU funded Doncaster Racecourse.

Saturday, 23rd November 2019, 9:09 am
Updated Saturday, 23rd November 2019, 9:10 am

Mr Farage is due to make his latest visit to the town next Wednesday – but has been attacked by pro-EU campaigners who described him as ‘hypocritical’ for continuing to use the town’s exhibition and conference venue which was funded by £1 million of EU cash.

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Pro-European campaign group Best for Doncaster have blasted the Brexit Party’s latest visit.

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Nigel Farage has been blasted as a hypocrite for continually visiting the EU funded venue.

Giulia Savini, Best for Doncaster Vice-Chair, said: “This is the third time that the Brexit Party is coming to Doncaster with its populistic anti-European slogans and messages.

“Yet, ironically, they chose an EU funded building to hold their conference. This only shows their hypocrisy, and, through our campaign, we will continue to expose it.”

Mr Farage has also spoken at Doncaster Racecourse previously as leader of UKIP when he was joined at the gathering by outspoken TV and radio columnist Katie Hopkins.

Doncaster Racecourse was one of many South Yorkshire beneficiaries that received European funding as part of the Objective 1 programme which was specifically aimed at promoting economic and social growth in areas with the highest need of support.

Through the provision of £1 million of the European Regional Development Fund, Doncaster Racecourse supported its conference and exhibition facilities.

Ms Savini added: “This campaign activity is part of a wider project.

“We want to inform Doncaster residents about the many buildings, local businesses, social and education programmes that have received funding from the European Union over the years.

“Our region is a net beneficiary of EU regional funding, meaning that we receive more than we pay in real terms.

“For instance, from 2007 to 2013, we received approximately £500 million from the European Regional Development Fund, which in turn brought about the same amount from elsewhere — that’s about a billion pounds of direct investment in our communities.”

Tickets for Wednesday’s Brexit Party conference to hear Mr Farage speak are on sale, priced at £2.50.