Pension rights

So long and farewell to Labour MEP Stephen Hughes, the self appointed scourge of the asbestos industry in the European Parliament.

He and his wife Cynthia must surely miss their taxpayer-funded lifestyle?

Mr Hughes once rejected wide reaching reforms of MEP’s allowances, which critics said was an endorsement of “virtual embezzlement”, to carrying on claiming and putting his wife on the public pay role with a salary of around £40,000-a-year.

However, his estimated £82,000 annual pension pot, topped up by the European electorate, should ease the couple into retirement.