MPS Investigation into the Leave.EU Campaign

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6335
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can you please give an update as to the MPS’s consideration of evidence provided by the Electoral Commission into alleged malpractice of the Leave.EU Campaign during the EU Referendum?

Answers

Answer for MPS Investigation into the Leave.EU Campaign
MPS Investigation into the Leave.EU Campaign

MPS Investigation into the Leave.EU Campaign

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Electoral Commission made two referrals to the MPS regarding potential criminal offences under section 123(4) PPERA in relation to the responsible person. The first referral was received on 11 May 2018 and concerns Leave.EU, the second referral was received on 17 July 2018 and concerns Vote Leave and BeLeave.

In relation to both referrals, subsequently on 7 September 2018 the MPS received over 2,400 documents from the Electoral Commission, which are being assessed by the MPS in order to make an informed decision as to whether a criminal investigation is undertaken.

As part of that assessment the MPS identified that additional material was held by the Electoral Commission which may be potentially relevant. This material has also been requested. Until all the relevant material is received in full the MPS will be unable to complete the assessment.  The MPS is working closely with the Electoral Commission to ensure all the relevant material is obtained and, once received in full, the MPS must be allowed to investigate without fear or favour.