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Bernard Jenkin said the use of the ‘government’s entire publicity machine’ during the campaign could raise questions over the legitimacy of a pro-EU vote. Photograph: Michael Stephens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Oh, look. David Cameron has given in to bullying from his backbenchers and agreed to all of their demands about the EU referendum.

Remember what This Blog said about Cameron being a lame duck?

If you can smell burning, that will be his tail-feathers roasting.

Downing Street will move to head off a damaging Conservative Eurosceptic rebellion by offering assurances that ministers will not use public funds to pay for a final burst of government spending on publicity in favour of a yes vote in the EU referendum.

Ministers, who agreed overnight not to hold the referendum on the same day as the Scottish and other devolved elections next May, are expected to make clear that publicly funded glossy publications will not be dispatched to households in the final phase of the campaign.

Source: EU referendum: No 10 to rule out yes-vote publicity in final phase of campaign | Politics | The Guardian

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