Fashion student given over £600K to campaign for Vote Leave

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A fashion student was given over £600,000 by Vote Leave, it has emerged.

Darren Grimes, a 23-year-old student, was given £625,000 by the official leave campaign during the referendum to target young voters.

Fashion student given over £600K to campaign for Vote Leave

According to records produced by the Electoral Commission, Mr Grimes was given the money days before the historic vote on June 23 – which saw the UK vote to leave the European Union.

A Vote Leave source said the money was given to the University of Brighton student in order to use all of the £7million it was allowed to. It made him one of the best funded campaigners on either side of the debate.

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The Times reported that Mr Grimes spent the money on his BeLeave social media campaign – which tried to convince younger voters that Britain would do better outside the European bloc.

The 23-year-old also claimed to have spent part of the money on a political consultancy called AggregateIQ.

The self declared ‘libertarian’ told the BBC in April that young people were not being given enough of a say in the referendum.

Since the vote in June, police forces around the country have seen the number of hate crimes against immigrants and minorities increase. This included London, where a group took to the streets, chanting: “First we get the Poles out, then the gays.”