- Commodities broker Andrew Farage, 51, is being investigated over a payment
- Liquidators say 'unlawful' payment to himself must be returned to the company
- News comes after Kirsten Farage revealed she and Nigel 'living separate lives'
Farage’s little brother, Andrew, is being investigated over an allegedly unlawful payment of nearly £125,000
Nigel Farage’s wife, Kirsten, revealed last week that she and the former Ukip leader were leading ‘separate lives’. Now Farage’s little brother, Andrew, is undergoing his own domestic turmoil.
He is being investigated over an allegedly unlawful payment of nearly £125,000, and is selling his marital home in Kent.
Commodities broker Andrew, 51, is said to have paid himself the money in the form of a dividend from a company he ran. Liquidators investigating his finances say the payment may have been unlawful and that he should return it.
Repaying the money would give the company he once ran with Nigel enough money to pay the £105,000 debt it owes HM Revenue & Customs.
Andrew was declared bankrupt last year and his commodities company, Farage Ltd, is being wound up, owing £170,000. He owned all the shares when proceedings to liquidate began two years ago.
Catherine Lee-Baggaley, of the liquidators Silke and Co, wrote: ‘As a result of the investigations, it is believed that (an) unlawful dividend in the sum of £124,337 may have been drawn from the company.
‘A letter was issued to the director and shareholder, Mr Andrew Farage, requesting payment of the monies due to the company. However, the director is disputing the repayment is due. The Joint Liquidators are currently reviewing this.’ Andrew confirmed he had been made bankrupt last year, but said it was a ‘misunderstanding’ and the debts had been paid. Yet he is still registered as bankrupt by the Insolvency Service.
It comes after Nigel Farage’s wife, Kirsten (left), revealed last week that she and the former Ukip leader (right) were leading ‘separate lives'
The petition was brought by 1st Credit (Finance). Nigel stepped down as a director in 2006, and quit as secretary in 2011.
Andrew — who lives in Orpington, in a house bought for £275,000 in 1999 — paid himself nearly £1 million in dividends in recent years.
He and Nigel were brought up by their mother, Barbara, after their stockbroker father, Guy, who was an alcoholic, left her when Andrew was three years old.
‘I agree that the money was taken, but I lent the company £90,000 so the remaining sum will be much smaller,’ Andrew tells me. ‘My property is on the market and under offer, so I will soon be able to pay off everything.’
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Opera singing Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, who defeated Ed Balls at the 2015 General Election
Charles's sadness at bishop retiring
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall marked the retirement of the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, by attending a dinner in his honour at Lambeth Palace last week.
‘His Royal Highness will be very sad to lose such a close ally,’ a courtier tells me. Chartres has been a close friend of Charles since their university days at Trinity College, Cambridge, and shares his interests in Georgian architecture, environmentalism and conventional ‘prayer book’ Anglicanism.
He confirmed Prince William into the Church and is said to have advised Charles over the collapse of his marriage to Diana.
After her death in 1997, Chartres became one of the executors of Diana’s will.
However, her friend Rosa Monckton criticised the choice of Chartres to give the address at the memorial service on the tenth anniversary of Diana’s death, saying he gave her no support at the time of her divorce.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall marked the retirement of the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, by attending a dinner in his honour at Lambeth Palace last week
Greedy MPs are disgruntled after a written Parliamentary answer gleaned that the highest-paid employee of the House of Commons, the Clerk, David Natzler, earns a whopping £178,000 — £28,560 more than the Prime Minister. ‘I’m going to retrain as a footman,’ grumbled one member. Few doubt, though, that the Clerk, an expert in constitutional crises, deserves his salary as he has to negotiate Speaker John Bercow’s considerable ego.