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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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UKIP justifies why they are running in just half of the region's seats

Despite visits by all the major leaders here in the West Country, there has been no sign of UKIP's Paul Nuttall throughout this whole campaign.

His party aren't running in around half the seats across the region, despite UKIP coming second in quite a few.

The party's deputy leader Peter Whittle has been justifying why they are only running in half of the seats in the West.

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UKIP chairman defends party's controversial poster

Chairman of UKIP Steve Crowther has defended his party's controversial poster published last week showing a queue of migrants arriving at a Euro border.

Speaking at one of the last debates of the Referendum campaign Mr Crowther joined the founder of pub chain JD Wetherspoon Tim Martin in Exeter to put across their Brexit views.

They are debating against Musician and activist Billy Bragg and former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw.

Those wishing to leave the UK are on the left, while those campaigning for a remain vote are on the right

When questioned on the controversial ad campaign, Mr Crowther stated the EU had not got a mechanism or ability to stop the flow of migrants - which was what the poster was showing.

But Molly Scott-Cato MEP, said posters like that were spreading fear, adding that it was necessary to separate EU migrants from genuine refugees that were pictured in the poster.

She added the UK was a country that helps refugees and does not turn its back.

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