Brexit blocker Lord Heseltine pocketing £90,000 a year in EU land subsidies
By DAVID PILDITCH (Express.co.uk) PUBLISHED: 08:01, Fri, May 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 13:45, Fri, May 11, 2018
LORD Heseltine among the Tory wreckers in the House of Lords repeatedly voting against Brexit, is reportedly pocketing £90,000 a year in EU land subsidies. The former deputy prime minister, one of Britain's wealthiest men, is one of many unelected peers defying the referendum result while receiving substantial payouts.
Yesterday the Daily Express told how the Duke of Wellington, ringleader among the aristocracy in the battle against Brexit, receives thousands of pounds of annual handouts from Brussels for his 7,000-acre Hampshire estate.
Now it can be revealed that Lord Heseltine, who supported all four anti-Brexit amendments in the Lords on Tuesday, has also been a beneficiary of EU largesse.
Michael Heseltine, 85, has amassed a fortune estimated at £300million largely through his Haymarket publishing empire.
He and his wife Lady Anne bought Thenford House, a then overgrown estate on the Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire border which included 400 acres of land and a small village, in 1976.
GETTY- Lord Heseltine is receiving vast payouts from EU land subsidies.
Their Georgian house, where the couple are waited on by a butler, chef and housekeepers, is surrounded by 70 acres of gardens including a lake, medieval fish ponds, a fountain avenue, tennis courts and a pool.
The estate also boasts an arboretum, which has more than 3,500 different species of trees and shrubs.
A Freedom of Information request shows Lord Heseltine appeared to have received a series of EU farming subsidies since 2000 averaging £90,000 a year.
When asked in 2011 about the subsidies he was receiving, Lord Heseltine said: "This is the whole basis of the European agricultural system. Without the agricultural support system, you would drive farming out of existence. The fact that I am a wealthy man is quite irrelevant."
Yesterday critics insisted it was time to end "benefits" for wealthy landowners.
And there were growing calls for a complete overhaul of the Lords.
Bernard Jenkin, Tory chairman of the Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee, said: "They have become drunk with their own prejudices." Lord Heseltine has not responded to a request for comment.