Meet MP Figaredo: Rato’s nephew, his first jobs at Vox and his past at Elías Ahuja

His prominent sideburns, round-rimmed glasses and young age set him apart from other MPs. But the day José María Figaredo took to the rostrum of Congress in a bid to dismantle the government’s strategy to drive down electricity and gas costs due to the energy crisis, his speech went viral. But it was not because of his strident speech showing doubts about renewables nor because of his unique image, but because of the ‘nonsense’ – a word taken from an expert – and the inaccuracies that the MP Vox delivered in his seven-minute speech.

Figaredo confused the installed power in gigawatts with the power produced in gigawatts/hour, he ignored that energy storage already exists and assured that Spain could be “sold off” to renewable energies without mentioning the absolute subordination that the dependence on fossil fuels or uranium also generates, in due form. part of other countries.

A string of declarations which provoked delirium inside and outside Congress. Stunned by his explanation, researcher and professor of energy engineering at URJC, Eloy Sanz, dismantled Mr. Figaredo’s fallacies in just five points via his Twitter account.

Joan Groizard, engineer in Energy and Environment and director general of the Institute for Energy Saving and Diversification (IDAE), also accused the MP of a “first class failure” and explained in a video the mistakes that he had committed during his intervention. .

De Vox since its founding act

But who is this young Vox deputy who stands out for his “anti-renewable” message? Figaredo is one of the youngest members of the Lower House, having turned 34 a month ago. He was born in Gijón (Asturias) and graduated in Law and Business Administration.

His relationship with Vox begins at the origin of the party. As he himself has told in several interviews, Figaredo goes to the founding act of the far-right formation and tells Santiago Abascal and Alejo Vidal-Quadras that he can offer them all the legal aid they need. “I followed Santiago a lot during his time at the Basque PP for his tireless fight against ETA. And when they set up the game, I was forced to choose between being the protagonist or being a spectator. I believed that the things were going to change in Spain and I finally decided to join. At that point I told them that I had no money to contribute to the project, but that I was a lawyer and that I would be happy to help them,” he recalled on a show.

His first tasks were the drafting of party statutes, trademark registrations, internal regulations and other legal matters. Until he was listed by Madrid in 2015 as number 3 behind Javier Ortega Smith and Santiago Abascal. In these elections, Vox obtained 0.60% of the votes in the capital. Four years later, after the implosion of Vox in the Spanish political landscape, it rose to 7.63%.

José María Figaredo, in the halls of the Congress

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With the rise of the party, Abascal and his people in 2019 asked Figaredo to be their top candidate for Asturias in Congress. “At that time they put me in a bind because I was about to get married and I was doing very well. My first answer was ‘no’ but then I changed my mind. My motivation was the same as when I joined the party: I had to choose between being a protagonist or a spectator”, he underlined.

Actor of political life in Congress, the young Figaredo earns 86,000 euros per year. According to his asset declarations, dated 2019 when he entered the Lower House, he owns two homes and 6% of another, in addition to more than 100,000 euros in current accounts, investment funds and pension plans. . He also owns two motorcycles and a moped. Of course, he is the hardest working deputy in the entire chamber because he has presented the most written initiatives so far in the legislature of the entire parliamentary arc.

Grandson of a mining businessman and nephew of Rato

His family branch is also very prominent in the political sphere. He is the grandson of José María Figaredo Sela, one of the main businessmen of Asturian mining and who was the victim of a kidnapping of about nine hours in 1978 by workers to whom he owed two paychecks. The conflict ended with the inclusion of Minas Figaredo in the National Institute of Industry, with which they became state property.

Figaredo Sela was, meanwhile, the brother of the mother of Rodrigo Rato, the former vice-president of the government and former director of the IMF condemned for the scandal of the black card. Rato is therefore Figaredo’s uncle, as Minister María Jesús Montero reminded him during one of her appearances in Congress. “I understand that you are Mr. Rato’s nephew and have the nerve to stand on this platform to talk about corruption issues. You have to have rennet, ”Montero told him in front of the uproar of the Vox deputies.

Previously, Figaredo had accused the government of being corrupt, going so far as to say that the Spanish taxpayer “sees how his taxes are destined to pay whores and coke to councilors or presidents”.

He erased his past at Colegio Mayor Elías Ahuja

But Figaredo is a leader dedicated to controversy. In 2015 he wrote an article on El Club de losridas, a platform closely linked to Vox and Make yourself hear.
titled “Reflections on Refugees from Syria” where it seemed to warn of the “diseases” refugees brought with them. “Why don’t we talk about it? Why are there no spontaneous and massive demonstrations in favor of a forceful intervention in Syria and against the Islamic State? Are we afraid of coming face to face with the diseases generated by the wave of refugees? “, did he declare. The article caused a certain stir a posteriori, even if according to the context of the article the term “disease” would not have a sanitary meaning.

MP Vox also questioned the 11-M investigation on Twitter, wondering if the dynamite used in the Madrid bombings came from Mina Conchita. “There are those who continue to cling to Asturian dynamite; talk to someone who worked at Mina Conchita,” he wrote.

A good son of the elite, Figaredo was a student at the Colegio Mayor Elías Ahuja, in the eye of the storm a few weeks ago due to the macho cries that locals were dedicating to neighboring students through the window. Faced with the strong controversy aroused by these images, Figaredo decided to erase all traces of his visit to the famous Colegio Mayor from social networks. The website “Ahújos por el mundo” devoted an interview to him when he won his seat in the Cortes Generales, and his album of photographs taken with the association of former schoolchildren has also disappeared.

What Figaredo won’t be able to erase are his preferences outside of politics. In a test for RNE, he confessed that as a child he wanted to be a fighter pilot, that he had never used dating apps or that he cried while watching Forrest Gump. Of course, he confessed that he would go to the cannes with the deputy of United We Can Txema Guijarro. A crack in the fiery attack that Figaredo publicly displays against the coalition government and which has already earned him – aesthetics apart – notorious notoriety within the “club of 52” deputies of Vox.


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