Media statement context
On Friday 13 September, the Metropolitan Police Service issued a statement on its decision not to further investigate Leave.EU.
An Electoral Commission Spokesperson said:
"It is right that regulatory and enforcement authorities fully investigate concerns about potential breaches of the law. We believed there were reasonable grounds to suspect that Ms Bilney had committed the offence of knowingly or recklessly making a false declaration about the Leave.EU spending return. This warranted thorough investigation and we therefore notified the police.
"As the Metropolitan Police note, this does not alter the findings of the Commission’s investigation from May last year, which found Ms Bilney to have committed four offences, including of submitting an inaccurate spending return and of exceeding the spending limit. Leave.EU appealed these findings, but the Commission’s position was upheld in court."