December 8, 2019 / 10:01 AM / a month ago

UK security minister says no Russian money behind Conservative election bid

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Minister of State for Security and Deputy for EU Exit and No Deal Preparation Brandon Lewis is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has not funded its election campaign with Russian money, security minister Brandon Lewis told the BBC on Sunday.

Asked whether Russian money had been funding the party, Lewis said: “No, the funding for the Conservative Party comes from people who are declared through the Electoral Commission and are British citizens.”

Foreign nationals are not allowed to make donations to UK political parties.

Reporting by William James; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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