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Boris Johnson: Leave spending claims ‘utterly ludicrous’

BORIS JOHNSON has dismissed claims the Brexit campaign he backed broke election spending rules amid calls for the police to investigate.

The foreign secretary said stories on Channel 4 and in The Observer based on whistleblower Shahmir Sanni’s testimony were ‘utterly ludicrous’ and Vote Leave ‘won fair and square — and legally’.

Mr Sanni, who worked for Vote Leave, the official campaign in the 2016 referendum, claimed its BeLeave group was used to get round strict spending limits.

Cabinet ministers Mr Johnson, Michael Gove and Chris Grayling were among politicians involved in the Vote Leave campaign, which has denied wrongdoing and said the £625,000 donated to BeLeave was within the rules.

But Mr Sanni told Channel 4 News: ‘I know that Vote Leave cheated … I know that people have been lied to and that the referendum wasn’t legitimate.’