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South Glos Brexit campaigner probed over referendum campaign donations

Ex-UKIP donor and Leave.EU chairman Arron Banks faces probe over whether he broke donation rules. Credit: PA

Brexit campaigner Arron Banks is being investigated by the elections watchdog over whether he breached campaign finance rules on donations in last year's EU referendum.

The Electoral Commission said it will probe whether the former UKIP donor and Leave. EU chairman may have committed offences over donations or loans made to campaigners in the referendum.

Responding, Mr Banks tweeted, "Gosh I'm terrified."

Investigations are now looking into whether the South Gloucestershire millionaire businessman breached campaign finance rules.

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More than 10,000 people sign assault ships petition

There are fears the HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion will be scrapped. Credit: PA

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition to save the Devonport-based ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark as well as stopping perceived plans to cut 1,000 Royal Marines.

It means the Government will now have to officially respond.

Ministers are carrying out a review of the country's defence forces and insist any rumours at the moment are 'pure speculation'.

At the time of publishing, the petition, started by Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP Luke Pollard, had 11,555 signatures. If that number reaches 100,000, it will be discussed in parliament.

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