May urged to clarify whether she blocked Arron Banks investigation

The Guardian:

A Labour MP has asked Theresa May whether she or any other minister had ever declined a request from the security services to conduct an investigation into the controversial Leave.EU campaign donor Arron Banks.

Ben Bradshaw wrote to the prime minister a day after it was announced that a criminal investigation into Banks had begun, amid repeated allegations that May had blocked an investigation in 2016, when she was home secretary.

Bradshaw said the allegation was extremely serious. “I have today written to the prime minister to ask if she or any other minister or senior official has at any stage declined a request from any of our security, intelligence or law enforcement agencies to investigate Banks,” he said.

My emphasis.  For years we have wondered why there has been no Government action to launch a Mueller-style investigation into foreign influence in the Brexit referendum.  Occam’s razor: it wasn’t some vast conspiracy but merely to avoid personal embarrassment of Theresa May, then Home Secretary and now Prime Minister.