GETTY/SUNDAY SCANSMr Rees-Mogg called for members of the Electoral Commission, including chairman John Holmes to quit
Jacob Rees-Mogg is one MP leading a wave of indignation after it was found that four of the ten body’s commissioners, including the chairman, publicly spoke out against Brexit.
The members of the election watchdog criticised the pro-Brexit campaign or backed calls for the EU referendum to be overturned following June 2016, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
In three cases, the comments on Brexit were made while the Commission’s members were in post.
Sir John Holmes, the body’s chairman, expressed his distaste for Brexit in a speech, where he said that he “regretted the result of the referendum” and complained about “the panoply of Eurosceptic nonsense about the EU” heard during the campaign.iPhone transfer software
Tory MP for North East Somerset Mr Rees-Mogg commented the allegations, reported in the Sunday Telegraph, saying: “This is very serious as the regulator of elections must be impartial.”Related articles
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The MP, who is also chairman of the European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservative backbenchers, added: "Anyone who has called for a second referendum or made political statements on Brexit ought to recuse him or herself from any decision with regard to the referendum.”
Many other MPs pointed out that these commissioners’ personal views might have influenced the behaviour of the elections body.
The Commission led several inquiries into the official Leave campaign but never looked into alleged illicit collusion by pro-Remain campaign groups.
Pro-Leave former Cabinet minister Priti Patel was one of the people putting forward a formal complaint about alleged rules breached by Remain campaign groups who saw it rejected by the Commission earlier this year.
GETTYPriti Patel put forward a formal complaint about alleged rules breached by Remain campaign groups
She said: “There is clear evidence that the chairman and commissioners have publicly given views that undermine the standards and impartiality required in these