Earlier this year Ashley Scrote , sorry Mote, a former UKIP MEP distinguished himself by seeking to joining the Identity Tradition and Sovereignty Group within the European Parliament. This would have placed him in the company of a far right/national(ist) socialist rabble including Alessandra Mussolini and Vadim Tudor’s Greater Romania Party. Mr Mote has further distinguished himself by being found guilty of deception by falsely claiming benefits.
Mote was found guilty of eight charges of false accounting, eight of obtaining a money transfer by deception, four of evading liability and one of failing to notify a change of circumstances. Mote had run a business until its collapse in 1989. He then began to claim various benefits (as he was perfectly entitled to). However, he failed to notify the benefits agency when he began earning money through various enterprises, including spread betting on currency markets during the period of February 1996 and September 2002, during which period he received £73,000 in benefits.
Mote was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 as a member of UKIP which threw him out when they discovered the charges against him. He has continued to serve as an independent MEP. Responding to the verdict UKIP leader Nigel Farage said in a statement: "We are pleased that finally justice has been done... UKIP and the voters of the south east have been defrauded for three years by Mr Mote."
Mote has not yet been sentenced but something tells me that his career as an MEP will soon be terminated with extreme prejudice