Green MEP demands apology from BBC over misleading viewers on Vote Leave law breaking

Molly, who is one of the complainants taking legal action to ensure the Vote Leave investigation faces the rule of law, has demanded that Fiona Bruce open this Thursday’s Question Time show with an apology and clear statement of the legal position regarding Vote Leave [1].

The request comes following last week’s programme in which an audience member stated that the Vote Leave campaign was accused of breaking electoral law. Bruce’s response claimed that Vote Leave had been “cleared of a number of things” and told the audience member, “I’m not sure you’re right about that”. The letter points to the fact that the Vote Leave campaign was actually found guilty of breaking electoral law and was fined £61,000 by the Electoral Commission in 2018.

Molly said:

“The Vote Leave campaign was built on lies, false promises and scaremongering. In effect, Fiona Bruce defended those complicit in these actions through her mistaken rebuttal to an audience member who merely pointed out, accurately, that the campaign broke the law. 

“The BBC should apologise to both viewers and the audience member concerned. It is incumbent on the BBC to provide accurate information to its viewers, who have been misled about the wrongdoings committed by Vote Leave.”

Police investigating the Vote Leave campaign after the Electoral Commission concluded it broke electoral law have recently passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service. The campaign was fronted by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove and headed up by Dominic Cummings, who is now the prime minister’s chief advisor.

Notes

[1] Full letter here

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