‘Disgusting smear!’ Farage faces SURPRISE election inspection after Gordon Brown attack

Officials will carry out a an 11th hour visit to the Brexit Party’s headquarters in London following a row over finance claims made by the Mr Brown, who demanded a full investigation. The former leader of the Labour Party claims the Brexit Party, which is mainly funded by donations of £25 or more from 100,000 supporters, has received large sums of cash via small “undeclared, untraceable payments”. Mr Farage, who had a milkshake thrown at him today while campaigning in Newcastle, raged Mr Brown was spreading an “absolutely disgusting smear”.

An Electoral Commission spokesman said: “The Brexit Party, like all registered political parties, has to comply with laws that require any donation it accepts of over £500 to be from a permissible source.

“As part of our active oversight and regulation of these rules, we are attending the Brexit Party’s office tomorrow to conduct a review of the systems it has in place to receive funds, including donations over £500 that have to be from the UK only.

“If there’s evidence that the law may have been broken, we will consider that in line with our Enforcement Policy.”

Gifts to the Brexit Party can be made through PayPal, but those who donate more than £500 must be identified as per the rules made by the Electoral Commission.

Cash given above the £500 threshold by “permissible donors”, must be listed on the UK electoral roll.

The same rule apples to businesses, which must be registered at Companies House and operating in Britain.

Mr Farage called Mr Brown’s claims nothing more than “jealousy”.

He said: “Absolutely disgusting smear. This from the man who was part of a Labour Party who through Lord Levy were making a lot of big donors members of the House of Lords.

“How dare he? Most of our money has been raised by people giving £25 to become registered supporters and nearly 110,000 of them now have done that.

“Frankly, this smacks of jealously because the other parties simply can’t do this.”

Mr Brown said “democracy is undermined” though undeclared payments to parties.

Speaking in Glasgow, he said: “The Electoral Commission and the European Parliament should now investigate the finances of Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party. Democracy is undermined when we have undeclared, unreported, untraceable payments being made to the Brexit Party.

“We have the potential for underhand and under-the-counter payments being made. You know the history of this - Leave.EU, Nigel Farage and Aaron Banks’ campaign is now under criminal investigation. There’s three investigations - one by the National Crime Agency, one by the Met Police and one by the Information Commissioner.

“Aaron Banks, the lead funder of Leave.EU and the friend of Nigel Farage has been under investigation - he has made contacts with Russia. We don’t know where his money comes from.”

He added: “And yet we find out last week that he has given £450,000 in payments to support Nigel Farage, while Nigel Farage was in a public office in the European Parliament, who should have been declaring the payments that he was receiving from anyone to avoid any conflicts of interest.”

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