Married UKIP politician, 70, accused of taking young female researcher to a strip club, threatening to 'trash' her reputation if she told and then pressuring her to resign

  • Former UKIP researcher accuses MEP of sacking her after strip club visit
  • Alexandra Swann said she felt 'deeply uncomfortable' about Roger Helmer's behaviour
  • Ms Swann claims Helmer brought her to the Manhattan bar in Brussels

By Paul Cahalan

A UKIP politician took his young female researcher to a strip bar and watched as a topless dancer cavorted in front of them, it was claimed last night.

Roger Helmer, a married MEP who is standing in next month’s Newark by-election, took Alexandra Swann, then 24, to the Manhattan bar in Brussels, she claims.

Miss Swann says she was made to feel ‘deeply uncomfortable’ by the 70-year-old’s behaviour, but felt unable to speak out for fear of losing her job.

Alexandra Swann, right, claimed that she was sacked as a researcher for UKIP after an MEP took her to a strip club

Alexandra Swann, right, claimed that she was sacked as a researcher for UKIP after an MEP took her to a strip club

Miss Swann, a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party youth wing who defected to UKIP in 2012, worked for Mr Helmer for five months that year while he was attending the European Parliament.

She claims she was later pressured by Mr Helmer to resign, and threatened by another UKIP member that her reputation would be ‘trashed’ if she ever spoke publicly about the strip bar.

 

Alexandra Swann said she was sacked by UKIP MEP Roger Helmer after he took her to a lap dancing club

Alexandra Swann said she was sacked by UKIP MEP Roger Helmer after he took her to a lap dancing club

Mr Helmer, who has been married twice and has children with his first wife, strongly denies the allegations and described Miss Swann as ‘a serial fantasist’.

Miss Swann began working for Mr Helmer in April 2012, said they visited the bar in September that year.

She added: ‘The bar was called Manhattan. I had never heard of it but now I know it is where a lot of MEPs go. There were scantily-clad women and they were dancing.

‘It was deeply uncomfortable, but what could I do? I loved my job.’

Miss Swann, now 26, said that straight after the UKIP conference in Basingstoke that year, Mr Helmer sacked her.

Last night Mr Helmer said: ‘I have a vague recollection of what she might be referring to.

‘After a meal with my staff, she wanted to have another drink and I took her to a bar. It became clear it was a bit of a dodgy bar, so we finished our beers and left. The detail is frankly a load of nonsense.’


Roger Helmer MEP said he had a 'vague recollection' of what Ms Swann was referring to and described it as 'frankly a load of nonsense'

Roger Helmer MEP said he had a 'vague recollection' of what Ms Swann was referring to and described it as 'frankly a load of nonsense'

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Are there any morel people left in Britain ? What about a few good news stories !

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Regarding the strip club incident, Helmer claims 'the detail is frankly a load of nonsense' - much like everything that comes out of his mouth.

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This lady is a grown up - surely she could just walk out if she found it offensive - what is her motive to bring this up now ?

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Vote ukip

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I smell desperation.

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She needs to get a life..it's a big world out there. Nude bars are places that adults may come across from time to time.

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Breaking News......I just burnt my Toast.

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Oh my, whatever shall we do? Keep trying DM...it's still UKIP for me and my household

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If voting UKIP means I am going to strip psy at age of seventy then go UKIP

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Still voting ukip

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