Arron Banks and Leave.EU referred to National Crime Agency – but will it investigate? [POLL]

Arron Banks: Is he really under investigation?

As I type these words, there is much celebration on the social media at the news that Arron Banks and Leave.EU have been referred to the National Crime Agency for investigation over suspected offences related to the EU referendum of 2016.

Sorry to pour cold water on all this heat, but:

Aren’t the police refusing to investigate EU referendum offences because they are “politically sensitive”?

Here‘s the latest development, as reported by BBC News:

“The National Crime Agency is investigating Arron Banks and his Leave.EU campaign for alleged offences committed at the 2016 EU referendum.

“Mr Banks and another senior campaign figure, Liz Bilney, were referred to the agency by the Electoral Commission.

“The watchdog said it suspected money given to the campaign came “from impermissible sources”.

“Mr Banks has consistently denied any wrongdoing in connection to the referendum campaign.

“The Electoral Commission investigation focused on £2m reported to have been loaned to Better for the Country, which ran Leave.EU, by Mr Banks and his group of insurance companies and a further £6m reported to have been given to the organisation, on behalf of Leave.EU, by Arron Banks alone.

“Of this, £2.9m was used to fund referendum spending on behalf of Leave.EU and donations to other campaign groups during the EU referendum, the Electoral Commission said.”

There is no comment from the National Crime Agency but the reaction on the social media has been ecstatic:


Carole Cadwalladr, whose investigative journalism managed to take the matter this far, had the following to say:

I have asked her whether she seriously believes an investigation will take place and will publish her response.

Let’s remind ourselves of what happened when Leave.EU was referred to the Metropolitan Police. This is from October 11:

“The Metropolitan Police has stalled the launch of any criminal investigation into three pro-Brexit campaigns – citing “political sensitivities”.

“Despite being handed their first dossier of evidence of potential crimes committed by pro-Leave groups over five months ago, the police force has made no progress nor logged a formal case into the activities of either Vote Leave, fronted by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, or Leave.EU, the pro-Brexit campaign bankrolled by Arron Banks.

“In May and July this year, the UK Electoral Commission reported that multiple breaches of electoral law, false declarations and covert campaign over-spending had taken place by pro-Leave groups during the 2016 EU referendum.

“The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) was then expected to investigate whether key individuals, including Leave.EU’s campaign chief, Liz Bilney; Vote Leave’s board official, David Halsall; and the founder of BeLeave, Darren Grimes, had committed related criminal offences.

“The Met revealed it has yet to start any formal investigation, and has remained effectively stalled for months in “assessing evidence”.

“Pushed on why there has been no progress, or no formal case logged, a Scotland Yard spokesman admitted there were issues and “political sensitivities” that had to be taken into account. The Yard spokesman later added that the political issues related to “any allegation or referral relating to an election, and much else besides.””

What do you think will happen?

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  1. Justin November 1, 2018 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    you only have to look at all cases that have gone to referral to get that answer, partly as to who it is and let’s be honest here they were not doing 60 miles per hour in a thirty, so how much hard work is there in a case like this, no it is easier to concentrate on speeding fines

  2. kateuk November 1, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    He says he didn’t do anything wrong. So that’s OK then, case closed.

    • Justin November 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      what’s his real name Orville!!!

  3. Stephen John Davis November 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Well, I’ve never heard ‘politically sensitive’ used as a defense of murder before. Even Moriarty will be impressed.

  4. loonytoonz November 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Ofcourse there won’t be a criminal investigation.. It’s not what’s in the powers that be interests. If it suited the “right people”, ALL of those with the slightest link would have been in court and incarcerated with a speed nearing indecency

  5. nmac064 November 2, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I suspect if this were investigated thoroughly we would see several top Tories involved at the highest level. For that reason alone I also suspect that the Establishment will look after the Establishment.

  6. Barry Davies November 2, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    It did then realised the 7 out of 10 members of the electoral commission have close links with the Eu , and could find no evidence on which to investigate the side that spent half of what remain spent even without the 9 million tax payers money they spent sending out the true facts propaganda leaflet.

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