EU referendum: Vote Leave apologises for wrong names on pro-Brexit letter
27 March 2016
- From the section EU Referendum
Campaigners have apologised after wrongly including the names of two business leaders among 250 signatories to a letter backing exit from the EU.
Vote Leave has removed the Carphone Warehouse co-founder, David Ross, and John Caudwell – who started Phones 4U – from the list published on Saturday.
A spokesman said Mr Ross’s name was included in error and apologised.
He said Mr Caudwell had supported the campaign in the past, though he had not put himself forward for the list.
Other signatories include former HSBC chief executive Michael Geoghegan, JD Wetherspoon pub boss Tim Martin, hotelier Sir Rocco Forte and Luke Johnson – chairman of continental-style cafe chain Patisserie Valerie.
A referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU will be held on 23 June.
The announcement of business leaders supporting the UK’s EU exit came after bosses of 36 of the largest listed companies in Britain signed a letter urging voters to remain in the EU last month.
Vote Leave also announced that its business council would be chaired by John Longworth, who resigned his role as director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) earlier this month.
Other business leaders who have signed up as backers of the Vote Leave campaign:
Emma Pullen, MD of the British Hovercraft Company
John Hoerner, former chief executive officer, Tesco Clothing UK and Central Europe
Luke Johnson, chairman of Patisserie Valerie
Jon Moulton, founder of Better Capital LLP
Rupert Hambro, director of Theo Fennell Plc
Pasha Khandaker, president of the Bangladesh Caterers Association
Damon de Laszlo, chairman of Harwin Plc
John Sclater, former president of Equitable Life
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