2018-05-11 16:21:01 UTC
11 May 2018
'Police are examining evidence that the chief executive of a key
organisation that pushed for Brexit committed criminal offences
during 2016 referendum campaign.
'It comes after the Electoral Commission fined Leave.EU – the
group backed by Nigel Farage and funded by Arron Banks – the
maximum £70,000 for multiple breaches of electoral rules.
'The group failed to include at least £77,380 in its spending return
following the national vote, meaning it exceeding the legal spending
limits ahead of the referendum, in which the country backed leaving
the European Union.
'... Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Banks called
the Commission’s findings a “joke”, and vowed to fight them in the
courts and claimed the Commission was trying strip the referendum
result of credibility.
'He said: “The entire Commission is composed of former MPs,
Liberal MPs, the SNP, former Labour leaders of councils – all sorts
of people that believe in Remain.
'... A statement from Leave.EU built on the theme, branding the
Commission “a ‘Blairite Swamp Creation’ packed full of
establishment ‘Remoaners’ that couldn’t quite make it to the House
of Lords, but managed to get their noses in the trough via
appointment to public bodies like the Electoral Commission”.
Handbags at dawn?