BBC criticised over Arron Banks appearing on Andrew Marr Show

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Brexit backer Arron Banks is being investigated by the UK's serious crime agency for "suspected criminal offences" over £8 million of campaign funding during the Brexit referendum.

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.

The Electoral Commission referred him to the National Crime Agency (NCA) on Thursday, saying that it had grounds to believe that he was not the source of the money.

It also said that the loans involved a company - Rock Holdings, based on the Isle of Man, which was impermissible under finance rules that say all campaign funds during an election must come from within the UK.

When pressed on the source of the funding, Banks told the BBC that the cash in question was generated by Rock Services, a UK-listed company, that created the funds through insurance business in the UK.

"Contrary to some of the press reports... we turn over £250 million (€284 million) of premium, it's a sizeable business".

BBC correspondent John Simpson defended the decision, writing: "The urge to keep people we disapprove of from appearing on our TV screens is very much the same as the desire some university students have to no-platform speakers whose views they disagree with".

"If Rock Services made the donation, where did the money come from for Rock Services to do that?"

"I know it's complex for journalists to understand but we know what this is about - it's about undermining Article 50 and the Brexit result".

A millionaire credited with bankrolling Brexit said he would now vote for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union because of the "disgraceful behaviour of the Government".

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

Another £6 million was reportedly loaned by Banks on behalf of Leave.EU, with £2.9 million used on referendum campaign spending and donations to other groups.

Banks said: "I can say that was reported to the Electoral Commission and people who did work for Eldon were transferred over on short-term contracts legally and it was reported through the Electoral Commission in the right way".

Mr Banks was asked by Andrew Marr why he wrote to Mr Collins' constituents calling him a "snake in the grass".

"Channel 4 are a propaganda channel", Mr Banks responded.

The commission also referred Leave.EU, its chief executive, Elizabeth Bilney, and the organisation that ran it, Better for the Country, to the NCA last week after carrying out a review.

"The Conservatives must give the people the final say on Brexit and a chance to remain in the European Union".

Banks denies any wrongdoing: "I am confident that a full and frank investigation will finally put an end to the ludicrous allegations levelled against me and my colleagues", he said.



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