Surprised this hasn't had wider publicity locally, especially from the usual attack-hounds;)
The Sunday Telegraph yesterday published a league table (not yet online) exposing "wide variations in the "value" provided by the UK's MEPs
Whilst James Elles, a Conservative MEP for the South East was at the very bottom of the table (£113,000 claimed on travel, office and living allowances in a year, took part in less than 80 per cent of the parliament's plenary sessions and delivered only three speeches in 18 months) his fellow Conservative Charles Tannock, a representative for London, emerged as the best-value MEP (near-perfect attendance record, posed 189 questions to the European Commission and giving 96 speeches, his travel and office expenses claims were below-average).
And the UK's most "expensive" MEP?
None other than James Nicholson of the (*ahem*) Ulster Conservatives and Unionists at £215,610.