Government websites must respect purdah rules in EU Referendum

May 25, 2016 2:11 PM

Commenting on the calls for the Cabinet Secretary to remove material from government websites skewing the EU debate once the purdah period kicks in, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"It’s bad enough that the Government has already spent more than £9 million of taxpayers’ money on leaflets and websites skewing this important debate. But it would be outrageous in the extreme if the Government were to continue using taxpayer-funded websites to promote one side in the referendum once the purdah period kicks in.

"Any material giving one camp an unfair advantage in this final 28 days of the campaign should be removed from government websites so that the referendum can be fought on a level playing field. If not, it is clear that the government would be flying in the face of established election rules and conventions at the expense of hard-pressed families."

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