Remainer Twitter in meltdown over BBC Arron Banks interview

  • Remainer Twitter in meltdown over BBC Arron Banks interview

Remainer Twitter in meltdown over BBC Arron Banks interview

Arron Banks, the Leave donor who is under criminal investigation, has insisted that "no Russian money" was channelled through his companies.

Bob Posner, the Commission's director of political finance, said: "We have reasonable grounds to suspect money given to Better for the Country came from impermissible sources and that Mr Banks and Ms Bilney, the responsible person for Leave.EU, knowingly concealed the true circumstances under which this money was provided".

On Sunday, Mr Banks denied fresh newspaper allegations that he might have misled parliament over links between one of his insurance companies and the Leave.EU campaign. "I am a United Kingdom taxpayer and I have never received any foreign donations", he said on Thursday.

Mr Banks told the BBC's Andrew Marr the money came from his United Kingdom businesses.

Appearing before lawmakers in June to be asked about his business interests, Banks accused the panel questioning him of "trying to discredit Brexit campaigning".

"It's a group of vicious MPs who have grouped together with the Guardian and the FT".

Mr Banks denied any business links with Russian Federation as he stated he is "not going to apologise for having lunch with a diplomat, I've had lunch with many diplomats".

"The corruption I have seen in British politics, the sewer that exists and the disgraceful behaviour of the government over what they are doing with Brexit and how they are selling out, means that if I had my time again I think we would have been better to probably Remain and not unleash these demons", he said.

Banks also stated he was confident the NCA would clear him and his campaign, branding the Electoral Commission a "shambles" and dismissing the whole exercise an attempt by the Remain campaign to "tarnish" the Leave campaign and derail Brexit.

"You are talking about emails that were stolen from us".

"The Electoral Commission has made a public statement without producing any evidence", he said.

Mr Banks revealed he had "seconded a small number of people to run a call centre in Bristol" but stressed this was properly declared to the Electoral Commission.

Mr Banks replied: "Well he is".

Collins told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Banks' TV appearance had gone "not very far" in establishing the facts.

On Tuesday, the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, will announce the outcome of an inquiry into claims Eldon shared customer data obtained for insurance purposes with Leave.EU, potentially breaking data protection laws.

The insurance mogul also told the BBC that Leave.EU had received no Russian money, following last week's launch of a criminal investigation into £8million of donations and loans he gave the group.