47 Facts About Arron Banks

1. Arron Banks was portrayed by actor Lee Boardman in the 2019 HBO and Channel 4 produced drama entitled Brexit: The Uncivil War.

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2. Arron Banks is uncertain whether to continue funding Ukip, a party run by "a team of circus clowns".

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3. Arron Banks considered Vote Leave an elitist, out-of-touch Tory cartel and nicknamed its chief executive, Matthew Elliott, "Lord Elliott of Loserville".

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4. Arron Banks had flu and Farage wasn't allowed to smoke—not even in the garden.

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5. Arron Banks had given nearly £200,000 to his local Conservative Association—£25,000 in cash and the rest a loan to enable it to buy its premises in Thornbury.

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6. Arron Banks is uncertain whether to continue funding Ukip, a party run by "a team of circus clowns".

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7. Arron Banks considered Vote Leave an elitist, out-of-touch Tory cartel and nicknamed its chief executive, Matthew Elliott, "Lord Elliott of Loserville".

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8. Arron Banks had flu and Farage wasn't allowed to smoke—not even in the garden.

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9. Arron Banks had given nearly £200,000 to his local Conservative Association—£25,000 in cash and the rest a loan to enable it to buy its premises in Thornbury.

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10. Arron Banks is uncertain whether to continue funding Ukip, a party run by "a team of circus clowns".

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11. Arron Banks considered Vote Leave an elitist, out-of-touch Tory cartel and nicknamed its chief executive, Matthew Elliott, "Lord Elliott of Loserville".

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12. Arron Banks had flu and Farage wasn't allowed to smoke—not even in the garden.

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13. Arron Banks had given nearly £200,000 to his local Conservative Association—£25,000 in cash and the rest a loan to enable it to buy its premises in Thornbury.

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14. Arron Banks was furious when the Electoral Commission designated Vote Leave the official voice of the Out side, allowing it to spend £7m in the immediate run-up to the referendum and guaranteeing it free airtime.

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15. Arron Banks engaged the Washington campaign strategy firm Goddard Gunster to advise Leave.

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16. Arron Banks is uncertain whether to continue funding Ukip, a party run by "a team of circus clowns".

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17. Arron Banks has no scruples about the tone or style of the Leave.

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18. Arron Banks considered Vote Leave an elitist, out-of-touch Tory cartel and nicknamed its chief executive, Matthew Elliott, "Lord Elliott of Loserville".

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19. Arron Banks had flu and Farage wasn't allowed to smoke—not even in the garden.

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20. Arron Banks had given nearly £200,000 to his local Conservative Association—£25,000 in cash and the rest a loan to enable it to buy its premises in Thornbury.

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21. In 2011 Arron Banks floated Brightside, a Bristol-based insurance broker he had built from practically nothing.

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22. Arron Banks has a successful insurance business but his opaque finances have led some to ask whether the ultimate source of the Leave.

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23. Arron Banks has launched a new politics site, Westmonster, and in his sights is the Westminster elite and the metropolitan elite.

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24. Arron Banks is setting up a movement not a party, at least initially.

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25. Arron Banks denied any wrongdoing and said he welcomed the investigation.

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26. Arron Banks was honest enough to pinpoint immigration as the issue which got attention.

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27. Arron Banks funded a nasty, xenophobic campaign fronted by Nigel Farage.

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28. Arron Banks was offered a chance to invest in Russian-owned gold or diamond mines; the deal involved funding from a Russian state-owned bank, and was announced 12 days after the Brexit referendum.

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29. Arron Banks described the United Kingdom's parliamentary Electoral Commission as "the legal division of the In campaign" and disagreed with their decision to enlist Vote Leave as the official campaign.

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30. Arron Banks threatened to sue the official Vote Leave campaign's candidacy as the official spokesperson for the "Leave" vote in the 2016 EU referendum, which may have possibly delayed the vote by two months.

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31. Arron Banks said in May 2016 that his strategy during the Brexit campaign was to "bore the electorate into submission", in the hope that a low turnout would favour Brexit.

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32. Arron Banks said that "Economically, remaining in the EU is unsustainable.

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33. Arron Banks said that Britain's EU membership "is like having a first class ticket on the Titanic".

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34. Arron Banks said, "What [Goddard Gunster] said early on was 'facts don't work' and that's it.

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35. Arron Banks threatened Douglas Carswell with deselection in September 2015 when it emerged that Carswell supported Vote Leave, as opposed to the Leave.

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36. In October 2014, Arron Banks donated £1 million to the UK Independence Party and has since raised the equivalent of $11 million for the party.

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37. Arron Banks signalled his intention to stand for UKIP in the constituency of Thornbury and Yate at the 2015 general election, but the candidate chosen by the party was Russ Martin, who came third.

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38. Arron Banks was previously a Conservative Party donor but in October 2014 decided to donate £100,000 to UKIP.

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39. Arron Banks has connections to companies based in Gibraltar and the Isle of Man, and close connections with family members of the Belizean Prime Minister.

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40. In 2013, Arron Banks paid £65,000 into the private bank account of Thesebe Maseribane, then the Basotho minister for women's equality.

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41. Arron Banks bought Old Down Manor from musician Mike Oldfield, converting it into a wedding venue.

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42. Arron Banks was the chief executive of Southern Rock Insurance Company in 2014, which underwrites insurance policies for the website GoSkippy.

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43. Arron Banks was its CEO from June 2011 to June 2012, at which time the company was listed on the Alternative Investment Market.

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44. Arron Banks used the money to found Commercial Vehicle Direct about which he says "within a very short period we were the largest van insurance company in the country".

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45. Arron Banks was offered a junior job at the insurance market of Lloyd's of London.

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46. Arron Banks was raised by his mother in Basingstoke, Hampshire; his father worked as a sugar plantation manager in various African countries.

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47. Arron Banks was one of the largest donors to the UK Independence Party and bankrolled Nigel Farage's campaign to leave the EU.

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