Probe into Cor­byn Mo­men­tum spend

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AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched by the UK’s democ­racy watch­dog into whether the Jeremy Cor­byn-back­ing Mo­men­tum move­ment breached spend­ing rules at this year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion said its probe would look into whether Mo­men­tum’s spend­ing breached the lim­its for non-party cam­paign­ers in na­tional elec­tions.

And it will also con­sider whether re­turns sub­mit­ted by the group ac­cu­rately recorded donations and pay­ments re­lat­ing to the 2017 cam­paign.

The Com­mis­sion’s di­rec­tor of po­lit­i­cal fi­nance and reg­u­la­tion and le­gal coun­sel, Bob Pos­ner, said: “There is sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic in­ter­est in us in­ves­ti­gat­ing Mo­men­tum to es­tab­lish the facts.”

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