Brexit Vote Leave campaign was 'totally illegal' whistleblower claims

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"Nearly two thirds of a million pounds makes all the difference and it wasn't legal", said Mr Sanni, who first worked as a Vote Leave outreach volunteer before working for BeLeave.

He said: "I cannot see how our relationship, which was ongoing at the time of the referendum and which is a material fact in the allegations being made, could have remained private once Shahmir chose to publicise his false claims in this way".

Cabinet ministers Mr Johnson and Michael Gove were heavily involved in the campaign.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, speaking on ITV's Peston On Sunday, added: "It has to be something that the Electoral Commission decide".

The official Brexit campaign "cheated" by breaching spending limits ahead of the European Union referendum, a whistleblower has claimed.

The Liberal Democrats' Brexit spokesman Tom Brakes added: "These allegations are stunning and touch directly on one of Theresa May's closest advisors".

Mr Sanni claimed Mr Grimes was not in control of how the money from Vote Leave was spent and everything they did they passed through ground campaign manager Mr Parkinson - who is now the prime minister's political secretary.

She said the row over Mr Parkinson and Mr Sanni's relationship "feels like a bit of a smokescreen" and "you need to separate the gossip and the discrediting from what actually happened".

Vote Leave has strongly denied wrongdoing and said the £625,000 donated to BeLeave was within the rules.

But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hit back at the "utterly ludicrous" allegations that Vote Leave broke spending rules during the referendum campaign.

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It is a breach of electoral law for different campaign organisations to co-ordinate with each other unless they operate under a shared spending cap.

"In effect they used BeLeave to overspend and not just by a small amount", Sanni told the TV channel.

'Almost two-thirds of a million pounds makes all the difference and it wasn't legal'.

"Twice since the referendum the commission has investigated this matter, and twice it has found no evidence of wrongdoing".

Parkinson issued a "personal statement" to Channel 4 News, where he denied the allegation, saying that he was "saddened" by the "factually incorrect and misleading" claims from Sunni, who previously blamed Parkinson for outing him as gay and forcing to tell his family in Pakistan the truth about his sexual orientation, which could put them in danger. He said he was confident that the third investigation would produce the same result.

He said: "I cannot see how our relationship, which was ongoing at the time of the referendum and which is a material fact in the allegations being made, could have remained private once Shahmir chose to publicise his false claims in this way".

Mr Grimes also denies all the allegations, Channel 4 said.

"We will as appropriate share any relevant findings with the Electoral Commission, again as we have always done".

Pressure was mounting on the official Brexit referendum campaign on Sunday after senior cross-party politicians demanded the police investigate allegations of electoral "cheating".

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