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Sweet subsidies turn sour in E16 - Times Online
Question: which constituency has received the most farm subsidies from Brussels over the past decade? Answer: leafy East Ham in the East End of London, because Tate & Lyle’s Silvertown sugar refinery is there. Such figures could not be issued before the election and so this odd fact has just been released, leading to much harrumphing on political blogsites.

Sound familiar?

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Somewhere on the blogs (was it here?) it was noted that these payments are 1. a by-product of the EU/VAT system and 2. the cash is, in reality, our subsidy - through the EU CAP - to French sugar beet growers. This is not a subsidy to the Islamic Republic of East Ham - that comes under another heading!

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