UKIP conference building received £3million European funding

The Riveria International Centre, where the UKIP conference is currently being held, was partly funded by a European Grant of £3m.

The Riveria International Centre in Torquay, where the UKIP conference is currently being held, was partly funded by a European grant of £3 million.

Earlier today, Nigel Farage welcomed UKIP members to their spring conference, telling delegates that UKIP had claimed back the idea that it is not disreputable to talk about the EU.

However it has been revealed that the town in which the party’s conference is being held has benefited to the tune of £7.4 million from European Regional Development Funds (EDRF) since 2007.

The Riveria International Centre, where the UKIP leader took to the stage earlier today, was partly funded by a European Grant of £3m, and a £6.5 million investment to improve Torquay’s harbour front and connect the two sides of the harbour included £2.4 million from ERDF.

A further £1.7 million of ERDF money has been invested in a coastal zoo set on Torquay’s waterfront, which has created over 40 jobs, receives 130,000 visitors a year and injects over £3 million a year into the local economy. £3.4 million from ERDF has also co-funded infrastructure works to enable the development of employment land to create high quality business units. The development site is expected to create around 1,300 new jobs.

Commenting on the revelations, Lib Dem South West MEP Sir Graham Watson said UKIP had “managed to embarrass themselves again before anyone had even uttered a word”.

“UKIP can’t be trusted to organise their own conference, let alone run the country,” he said.

“Being in the EU has brought huge benefits to this town. Over £7.4mn of European funding has been invested in recent years to regenerate the Torquay harbour front, build a new coastal zoo and fund local businesses, helping to create over 1300 new jobs,” he added.

27 Responses to “UKIP conference building received £3million European funding”

  1. david17606

    Is the left really this stupid?

  2. Mark Thompson

    Since we have to hand over billions of pounds to Brussels, it is our money anyway.

  3. wj

    Yes – I’m afraid they are.

    £3m is a spit in the ocean when compared to the billions given for glass palaces and chauffeur driven cars in Brussels.

    What incredible waterfronts we would have if we were allowed to keep that money!

  4. ryeatley

    “Lib Dem South West MEP Sir Graham Watson said UKIP had “managed to embarrass themselves again before anyone had even uttered a word”.”

    What an utter idiot his words reveal him as.

    We give far, far more to the repulsive “EU” than we ever get back. His words reveal a startling ignorance. He should not be an MEP if he does not know the basics. Hopefully he’ll be replaced by a UKIP representative during the next elections.

  5. S.D.H.Gibson

    You my friend, are a spoon. Britian is one of the poorer nations of the EU, that money would’ve been handed to the city of London if Westminster was in charge of it. Europe makes sure wealth is distributed fairly to help develop our continent.

  6. gthyytuyuiiuuujuui8

    wow the EU gave back the UK a measily £3 million out of the billions it give them

  7. Steve Cheney

    Are you contending that Torquay gave the EU billions?

  8. Steve Cheney

    “£3m is a spit in the ocean when compared to the billions given for glass palaces and chauffeur driven cars in Brussels.”

    Which would be a terrible injustice if literally the only thing we got in return was a part investment in a conference building.

    Since it isn’t, I am not sure what the point of your comment was; it seemed you wanted to expose ignorance, but you didn’t achieve that at all, so…

  9. Sparky

    My son needs £5 pocket money. To ensure he gets this £5, I hand over £500 to a next door neighbour each week on the understanding that he will keep £495 and give my son £5 in a timely manner each week. I’ve found that’s the most sensible way to manage it.

  10. Torquay

    I’d like to know what happened to the 1300 jobs, and the so-called “high-quality business units”. I live in Torquay, and the units haven’t materialised, most of the “jobs” in the coastal zoo are of the unpaid, voluntary variety, and the “regenerated” Torquay harbour front consists of an arty, somewhat pointless bridge to save 3 minutes walking round, (and after the initial touristy sightseeing, is virtually never used), and repairs to a crumbing marina wall, which only benefits the owners of the luxury yachts and cruisers (mostly well-off European owned) parked there.

    Torquay is a hole of unemployment, poverty and crumbling infrastructure. Virtually all the EU money so-called “invested” here has disappeared to no benefit whatsoever. We desperately need real investment to create real jobs, not the theoretical 1300 claimed by a libdem who has never visited the real Torquay.

  11. ryeatley

    S.D.H.Gibson: “Britian is one of the poorer nations of the EU, that money would’ve been handed to the city of London if Westminster was in charge of it. Europe makes sure wealth is distributed fairly to help develop our continent”

    That’s funny. Its completely wrong in every respect.

  12. ryeatley

    That’s about the size of it.

  13. ryeatley

    Steve Cheney: “Which would be a terrible injustice if literally the only thing we got in return was a part investment in a conference building.”

    We get nothing useful out of the “EU” and pay an arm and a leg for that.

  14. Steve Cheney

    I disagree. Right now we get access to the ECHR, which has been useful in forcing our government to do its job when it just can’t be arsed.

    Most arguments against us being in the EU work just as well as arguments for why no one should pay taxes, so I don’t give them much credence.

  15. wj

    Yeh – I suppose we must be grateful for things like the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order.

  16. Steve Cheney

    Well yes, exactly. Why would we want criminals to be able to escape justice just by trotting across a border?

  17. YoHoHo

    I think you forgot to mention all the other EU money that goes into the UK. If you are going to make this sort of comparison it should be a fair one and comparing just the grants for Torquay with the money the UK gives as a whole is just stupid. I bet Torquay didn’t give 3 mill to the EU so in this case it’s probably a huge net gain for them.

  18. wj

    So, what was wrong with extradition agreements

  19. Steve Cheney

    Pointlessly time consuming? Are you objecting to European Arrest Warrants on any specific grounds?

  20. wj

    Under our laws people are arrested and held for a reasonable period before being charged or allowed to go, under the EAW people have been arrested and held without charge.

    As for being “pointlessly time consuming” – I expect the law in North Korea is very expedient – it usually ends with a bullet in the head.

  21. Steve Cheney

    Except for the scale, the numbers, their proportions to one another, and basically every single detail, yeah, it’s totally like that.

  22. Steve Cheney

    And here was me thinking it was us lefties who were quick to compare our opposition to violent dictatorships. I guess we’re more alike than we think. <3

  23. Sparky

    Oh, I thought the scale and the numbers were exactly the same.

  24. swatnan

    Its ironic that Farage is on the same gravy train and raking it in, the very same gravy train that he wants to abolish.

  25. blarg1987

    Usefulness is open to interpritation, one can say by having a say on all EU regulations and harmonisation, allows lower costs to consumers and buisness by having one set of standards instead of companies in the UK investing heavily in what could be well over 20 variations to meet each countries specific requirements.

    We also gain from being a large power block when negotiating trade laws with other large powers giving us a better postion.

    The EU working time directive gives a minimum amount of holiday you are entitiled to, as well as the maximum number of hours per week you can work.

    Part of the EU grants oney allows key pieces of infastrucute to be built etc allow that nation to increase its wealth allowing it to buy products and services of us that increase our wealth.

    I Will not say that the EU is perfect and does need some reform, however to say it is a complete and other waste of money when there are many benefits we take for granted that it provides is also silly.

  26. Kryten2k35

    What a stupid way of looking at it. But picture this, we get back less than we put in, about £4bn. The Tories 50p tax rate cut cost us £3bn a year.

    Also, if we got back exactly what we put in, why bother at all? We’re rich (barely) so we can afford to help out other countries. We also get a £3bn a year rebate, of which almost £800mn of which comes from France.

    Anyway, euro-sceptics are idiots.

  27. christianguthier

    I just love the irony of it all.

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