Election watchdogs 'should resign over Brexit bias'

Prominent pro-Brexit figures have called for four out of ten of the election watchdog's commissioners to resign after they were accused of compromising their impartiality by making apparently pro-Remain statements.

The Electoral Commission - an independent body set up to ensure the integrity of British elections, including referendums - demands that its members 'act at all times' to uphold the body's impartiality.  

Tory MPs Priti Patel and Jacob Rees-Mogg, both of whom backed Leave during the campaign, have said comments made by commissioners broke the watchdog's rules.

Reacting to the comments made by the commissioners, former cabinet minister Priti Patel said there is 'clear evidence' that comments had been made which 'undermine the standards and impartiality required in these roles'

Reacting to the comments made by the commissioners, former cabinet minister Priti Patel said there is 'clear evidence' that comments had been made which 'undermine the standards and impartiality required in these roles'

The chairman of the Electoral Commission, Sir John Holmes, said months after he was nominated to head the body that he 'regret[s] the result of the referendum', The Sunday Telegraph reports.

Sir John - who was once Tony Blair's principal private secretary - also said that, were the Remain campaign to have won, then 'all the panoply of Eurosceptic nonsense about the EU would have been rolled out again' by pro-Leave figures.

Another commissioner, former Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth, complained in an

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