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02nd Nov 2018

The Daily Mail is actually reporting the investigation into Brexit chief and Russian funding

It's a brave new world

Oli Dugmore

daily mail arron banks

It’s a brave new world

Paul Dacre is no longer the editor of the Daily Mail. After 26 years at the helm perpetuating racism, sexism and Brexit he was succeeded by Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig. The Sunday paper backed Remain under Greig, fitting into a pattern of doing the exact opposite to Dacre at every opportunity, and now as Daily Mail editor he’s at it again – putting a story about an investigation into Leave.EU chief Arron Banks and Russian funding on the front page.

Banks, the self-nicknamed ‘bad boy’ of Brexit, is being probed by the National Crime Agency about potential spending offences during the 2016 referendum campaign on EU membership. The Electoral Commission referred the case to the agency, saying it suspected Banks was not the “true source” of loans to the campaign and the money had come “from impermissible sources.”

The bad boy denies the allegations and welcomed any police investigation.

And you can read all about it on pages 10-12 of the Daily Mail.

The only other papers to lead on the story were the GuardianMetro, and Financial Times, meanwhile the Telegraph splashs on a Tory revolt over fixed odds betting terminals, the Express on knife crime, The Times on home office errors during the Windrush scandal and the Sun on David Cameron’s plan to return to cabinet as foreign secretary.

Meanwhile, Banks tweeted the following from Bermuda when news of the investigation broke: