Campaign Report: Day 19

Leave message: Brexit is a message of hope.

Remain message: Experts support Remain. For example, Peter Mandelson.

Cut through: Germany has called for a European army.

Leave social media count: 338,736 likes, 38,603 followers.

Remain social media count: 380,566 likes, 26,128 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3 Leave 9/4

Latest poll: Remain 44% (+3), Leave 45% (+3) (ICM, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 50% (-3), Leave 50% (+3).

Uber, But For Brexit

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Isabel Oakeshott’s write up of working the room with Arron Banks at the White House Correspondents Dinner is filled with nuggets. She reveals the Uber app comms chief Rachel Whetstone is backing Brexit:

“Hovering at entrance to the 30,000-square-foot ballroom, we are surprised to bump into David Cameron’s former policy chief Steve Hilton, now US-based. He greets us exuberantly but his wife Rachel Whetstone looks like she’s swallowed a fly. She warms up when Hoey gets her talking about Brexit, saying she supports Out and wishes she could do more for the cause. Hilton keeps his powder dry but I know he was deeply unimpressed by Obama’s intervention in the debate.”

Whetstone’s grandfather Antony Fisher founded the IEA and the ASI. She is also of course married to Steve Hilton and is one of the PM’s closest friends…

Campaign Report: Day 15

Leave message: 100 leading City names back leave.

Remain message: John Major says Remain will benefit future generations.

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Cut through: Survey reveals 58% of farmers back Brexit, while NFU still backs remain.

Leave social media count: 334,649 likes, 38,090 followers.

Remain social media count: 373,913 likes, 25,750 followers.

Odds: Remain 3/10 Leave 5/2

Latest poll: Remain 41%, Leave 42% (YouGov, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 53%, Leave 47%.

£500,000 Expenses Fraudster MEP Jailed

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Remember Peter Skinner, the Labour MEP who clocked up £500,000 on “expenses” while enjoying a lifestyle of lavish Hawaiian scuba diving holidays, expensive jewellery, and stays in top class hotels? The crook was jailed today for four years. He claimed he had simply been confused about the EU’s generous expenses rules. Brussels is rotten to the core…

Bernard Jenkin Accuses No. 10 of Cash For Questions

Bernard Jenkin has accused Downing Street of a stitch up over their Trade Union bill u-turn. Did ministers deliberately abandon the manifesto commitment to look at the way unions donate to political parties in order to secure funding from unions for the Remain cause?

“Trade Union leaders have been complaining they are unable to campaign effectively for a remain vote in the EU referendum while the Government’s trade union bill has been threatening Trade unions and their funding. The trade union bill would have implemented a Conservative manifesto commitment, and I quote, legislate to ensure trade unions use a transparent opt in process for trade union subscriptions….Yesterday the Minister’s concession was wholly unexpected and my Right Honourable friend for Grantham and Stanford announced his decision to abandon the opposition in this change to the bill…It has been confirmed to me, from two independent sources that Number Ten instructed these concessions to be made after discussions with trade union representatives…This being true would amount to the sale of government policy for cash and political favours…Mr Speaker this stinks. This reeks of the same of Cash for Questions. This shows this government really is at the rotten heart of the European Union.”

That is an explosive claim…

Campaign Report: Day 13

Leave message: James Cleverly says EU harms developing economies.

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Remain message: Farage can’t name many economic Brexit backers.

Cut through: OECD report claims Brexit will be a “tax”.

Leave social media count: 332,665 likes, 37,777 followers.

Remain social media count: 370,864 likes, 25,503 followers.

Odds: Remain 3/10 Leave 5/2

Latest poll: Remain 45% (-6%), Leave 38% (-2%) (Survation, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 54%, Leave 46%.

Treasury Can Predict Future to 2030, Can’t Work Out Cost of Brexit Report

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George Osborne’s report on Brexit wants us to believe the Treasury can predict the future as far away as 2030, yet they can’t even tell us how much the report cost to produce. In a written question to the Chancellor Michael Fabricant asked for cost of producing the report and how many man-hours it took in total. David Gauke replied:

The Treasury is appropriately resourced to support the Government’s priorities in Europe. However, it is not practical to identify full-time equivalent staff numbers.”

They can provide a cost analysis for 14 years in the future, but not something that happened in the last few weeks!

Campaign Report: Day 12

Remain message: Soubry says leaving would be bad for small businesses.

Leave message: Only way to control immigration is to vote Leave.

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Cut through: Frank Field lays out left wing argument for Leave.

Leave social media count: 339,949 likes, 37,522 followers.

Remain social media count: 368,617 likes, 25,347 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/4 Leave 11/4

Latest poll: Remain 51%, Leave 40% (ComRes, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 54%, Leave 46%.

Frank Field’s Left-Wing Case For Brexit

Labour’s Frank Field made the left-wing case for Brexit on the Daily Politics:

“many of the social rights, which are trumpeted about as European, were ones which we actually took into Europe. It’s not that in fact somehow workers

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Free Advertising Worth £135,000-a-Week For Remain Campaign

Having handed over £9 million of taxpayers cash for a propaganda leaflet, the Whitehall machine hasn’t stopped there. At the top of every gov.uk website – including the popular DVLA and visa information micro-sites – lies a banner advert for […]

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Campaign Report: Day 11

Remain message: EU keeps us more secure.

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Leave message: Expect mass immigration from new member states.

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Cut through: Theresa May admits Britain could go it alone.

Leave social media count: 329,549 likes, 37,296 followers.

Remain social media count: 366,667 likes, […]

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T-May Blasts “Nonsense” Remain Scaremongering

Theresa May has blasted Remain campaign scaremongering as “nonsense“, admitting “of course” Britain could cope outside the EU:

“I want to deal with several arguments that should not count. The first is that in the 21st

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