Electoral Commission: £9 Million Taxpayer Cash Gives Remain “Unfair Advantage”

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Here is the Electoral Commission’s view on Dave’s £9 million of extra taxpayer cash for pro-EU leaflets:

“We don’t think the government should have done it… [it gives Remain an] unfair advantage… undermines the principle [of spending limits]”

A major intervention – this is very strong language from the usually diplomatic Electoral Commission.

Meanwhile multiple sources report that a whole team of Whitehall civil servants have in the last week or so been seconded from their departmental jobs to help the Remain campaign. Taxpayer-funded officials from the Cabinet Office, Treasury and Foreign Office are said to have been moved to campaign roles. The slanted rules say such activity from publicly-paid staff is banned if they want to help the Leave campaign…

UPDATE: Stronger In stress no one is being seconded from Whitehall to work for them. The speculation doing the rounds is that the seconded civil servants are working on the campaign in Downing Street.




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