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Name-calling MEP fined 3,000 euros

PUBLISHED: 17:20 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 23 August 2010

A EUROSCEPTIC MEP has been fined £2,700 for a scathing attack on the new EU president, whom he said he had the charisma of a damp rag . Nigel Farage, UK Independence Party MEP for the south east (pictured left), has been lambasted for his criticism of

A EUROSCEPTIC MEP has been fined £2,700 for a scathing attack on the new EU president, whom he said he had "the charisma of a damp rag".

Nigel Farage, UK Independence Party MEP for the south east (pictured left), has been lambasted for his criticism of EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

On Tuesday he was fined €3,000 by the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, after

refusing to apologise for the outburst last week.

Labour MEP Peter Skinner, of Kent Road, Dartford, who also represents the south east, said: "His behaviour is little removed from playground name-calling."

Former Belgian PM Mr Van Rompuy was making his maiden speech when Mr Farage began his tirade, saying: "I don't want to be rude [but] who are you? I'd never heard of you, nobody in Europe had ever heard of you."

He said the president had the appearence of a "low-grade bank clerk" who planned to be the "quiet assassin of European Democracy".

He said Mr Van Rompuy had loathing for nation states because he hails from Belgium, "pretty much a non-country".

Mr Farage later told journalists:

"The only people I'm going to apologise to are bank clerks the world over - if I've offended them then I'm very sorry indeed.

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