What is it about Brexit campaigners and select committees? First Vote Leave’s Dom Cummings declined an invitation to appear before Damian Collins’ select committee (leading MPs to back a motion demanding he does so by 20 June). Now Arron Banks – of Leave.EU – has cut his time before the committee short.
Banks appeared before the same DCMS committee this morning – following allegations at the weekend over his links to the Russian ambassador – but left early after he decided that lunch was his priority: ‘Sorry, we’re late.’ Collins appeared in a state of shock that he could not convince them to stay – pleading for a few more minutes of their time.
Perhaps Collins can rally MPs to back another motion – this time calling for Banks to return? It would certainly be helpful to the committee chair given that Collins and his colleagues managed to get little to nothing from their guests.