Electoral Commission: Referendums and Elections Spending - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:29 am on 23rd May 2019.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour 11:29 am, 23rd May 2019

My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his helpful Answer as usual, but has he seen that the fines imposed on Vote Leave and Darren Grimes by the Electoral Commission have been upheld in the courts? Given that their misdemeanours have resulted in the paralysis of the Government for three years and our moving towards a disastrous no-deal Brexit, surely the Electoral Commission should have more powers to send people to jail and to declare such fraudulent referenda null and void.