CAMPAIGN CORRESPONDENCE


  • Alledged Breaches of Electoral Law - EU Referendum

    23 April 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about alleged breaches of electoral law during the EU referendum campaign.
     
    The referendum was one of the largest democratic exercises in the UK’s history and over 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU. The Government has been clear that the result must be respected and I fully support this approach.
     
    Allegations on potential breaches of electoral law have focused on whether spending by different referendum campaign groups was fully declared. The independent Electoral Commission oversees the conduct of elections in the UK and regulates political finance. As such, it is for the Electoral Commission rather than for the Government to investigate any breaches of electoral law. As I am sure you can appreciate, I would not wish to comment on an on-going investigation.
     
    The Electoral Commission will publish its findings in due course and the Government will continue to implement the referendum result. Agreement has recently been reached with the EU on citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the implementation period. Discussions on the future relationship between the UK and the EU will begin shortly.
     
    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely



    Mel Stride

    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General







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