– Boris Johnson and Michael Gove aware Vote Leave had broken electoral law.

– Will not answer questions posed by Select Committee investigating.

In his final speech, Ian C Lucas, MP for Wrexham for 18 years gave details of how Boris Johnson and Michael Gove were both aware of Vote Leave’s electoral law-breaking during the 2016 referendum.  Both men were key leaders in the Vote Leave campaign. The campaign was later found guilty of electoral fraud due to deliberate breaking of spending limits organised by Boris Johnson’s now chief adviser Dominic Cummings.   Mr Lucas has been sitting on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee in parliament, a cross party group which has been investigating electoral fraud and disinformation. 

Speech

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Ian Lucas was the MP for Wrexham from 2001 to 2019.

After paying tribute to his parents for giving him the values of truthfulness, respecting the law and listening, Mr Lucas went on to say “I want to place on the record some information that I have concerning disinformation and the Government of the day”.  He said “..both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster were aware of Vote Leave’s offences but they have not come clean to the House of Commons or to the select Committee by producing that evidence. “

Mr Lucas told the House that because of technology, the current election law is unsound and needs change.  Sadly, none of the recommendations examined by his committee will be implemented The current Conservative Party leaders seeking to lead the country have failed to explain their knowledge of the 2016 law-breaking to the British public.  

Dominic Cummings

In his speech, Mr. Lucas quoted evidence from emails sent by Dominic Cummings, the man who managed the Vote Leave campaign. Mr Cummings also ran their misleading Facebook ad campaign which was exposed by the Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr – and broke spending limits by directing extra donations to another campaign under his control.

Dominic Cummings has refused to speak to the select committee on this and Boris Johnson has failed to compel him.  Importantly. these matters of law breaking which led to electoral commission fines are the subject of an ongoing police investigation which has now been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service