Fined over Brexit adverts

By in Law

BUTLIN’S owner and anti-EU campaigner Peter Harris has been handed a record fine for breaches of spending rules over pro-Brexit adverts he ran during last June’s referendum.

He has been fined £12,000 – the Electoral Commission’s biggest financial penalty – after missing the deadline for returning spending and audit information.

The head of the Bourne Leisure group, which bought Butlin’s in 2000, Mr Harris spent more than £400,000 on a series of newspaper adverts in the run-up to the EU vote, featuring a British bulldog wearing a Union flag tie.

The Commission said this week that Mr Harris – a former racehorse owner and a major financial backer of the Leave campaign – had paid the fine.