24/02/2017

DUP Reveals Brexit Campaign Donor

The DUP has revealed the mystery donor which gave £425,000 that helped fund the party's Brexit campaign.

DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the donor was the Constitutional Research Council - a pro-Union unionist organisation based in Great Britain.

Mr Donaldson said: "It has been involved in Scotland, for example supporting unionism in Scotland, and it approached the DUP to support our campaign during the referendum because it supports unionist causes in the United Kingdom."

The CRC is a group of pro-Union business figures chaired by former vice chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party Richard Cook.
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The DUP used the donation to promote the party's Brexit campaign to Leave the EU, which included a four page advertisement in the Metro newspaper - not circulated in Northern Ireland.

The MP told Radio Ulster: "We wanted to be involved in the referendum at a national level. We recognise that the population of Northern Ireland is 3% of the United Kingdom.

"This referendum wasn't going to be won or lost in Northern Ireland, it was going to be won or lost on a national basis, and that's why the DUP, being a unionist party, decided to participate in the national campaign and we registered as such and, after we registered, we were able to raise this money and spend it all on campaigning both on a national level and indeed we spent some of it in Northern Ireland."

(CD)

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