Urgent question on Electoral Commission investigation into Vote Leave

17 July 2018

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna, asked an urgent question on Tuesday 17 July on the Electoral Commission investigation into Vote Leave.

The Electoral Commission has ruled that the Vote Leave campaign broke electoral law during the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. Chuka Umunna asked for the Government to make a statement on the findings of the Electoral Commission’s investigation into the conduct of the Vote Leave campaign.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, Chloe Smith, responded on behalf of the Government. The Secretary stated that the Electoral Commission has determined electoral rules have been broken. Both Vote Leave and BeLeave have been fined and referred to the police, and it would not be appropriate for the Government to comment on ongoing police investigations.

She went on to state that the Government would continue to work closely with the Electoral Commission, along with many other stakeholders in the electoral system, to protect the integrity, security and effectiveness of referendums and elections.

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