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19:40  19 july  2019
19:40  19 july  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Pro - Brexit activist launches appeal against £ 20 ,000 Electoral Commission fine . Lawyers for the pro - Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes have accused the UK’s elections regulator of errors and irregularities in its decision to fine him for breaking referendum spending laws.

Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist © PA Ready News UK Darren Grimes was handed the penalty after being accused of breaching spending rules during the EU referendum campaign.

A £20,000 fine imposed on pro-Brexit supporter Darren Grimes by the UK’s elections regulator has been overturned by a judge at a court in London.

Grimes, who founded the youth Brexit group BeLeave when he was a student, said he was “delighted and relieved” to win the appeal.

The Electoral Commission believes the £675,000 spent by BeLeave should have been declared by Vote Leave, the principal campaigner for a leave vote in the EU referendum, as it concluded the two groups had coordinated, within breach of the rules.

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Darren Grimes was fined in 2018 after being accused of breaching spending rules during the EU Tim Straker QC, representing Mr Grimes , told His Honour Judge Marc Dight the Electoral Share or comment on this article: Founder of pro - Brexit campaign group BeLeave begins his appeal against £

Darren Grimes , 24, a political activist , campaigned as part of pro - Brexit group BeLeave during the 2016 vote to leave the EU. Last year the commission, the independent body that oversees elections, fined Mr Grimes following its investigation into campaign spending in the run-up to the EU referendum.

Earlier this week, Grimes’ lawyers accused the Electoral Commission of errors and irregularities in its decision to fine him for breaking referendum spending laws.

In a statement released on Twitter, Grimes said he was “delighted and relieved” the court has found him “innocent”.

“This case has taken a huge toll on myself and my family, and I’m thankful it’s now over. I will be eternally grateful to all those people who have supported me – your generosity and kind words of encouragement have kept me going.

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Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist
Darren Grimes: Judge Overturns £20K Fine Against The Pro-Brexit Activist

“The Electoral Commission’s case was based on an incorrectly ticked box on an application form -something that it had been aware of for over two years and had not been raised in two previous investigations. Yet the Commission still saw fit to issue an excessive fine and to spend almost half a million in taxpayer cash pursuing me through the courts. This raises serious questions about its conduct both during and after the referendum.

“It’s vital that more young people are encouraged to get involved in politics and make their voices heard. I just hope that the punitive actions of the Electoral Commission don’t put my generation off from engaging in our democracy.”

An Electoral Commission spokesman said: “We are disappointed that the court has upheld Mr Grimes’ appeal. We will now review the full detail of the judgement before deciding on next steps, including any appeal.”

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