Boris Johnson reprimanded for 'clear misuse' of statistics in NHS pledge

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Boris Johnson has been criticised for a "clear misuse" of official figures by the statistics watchdog after he revived the widely-discredited referendum pledge that up to £350 million a week extra could be spent on the NHS after Brexit.

Sir David Norgrove has written to the Foreign Secretary saying he is "surprised and disappointed" he has repeated the claims an article setting out his vision for Britain's future outside the European Union.

A letter sent by Sir David Norgrove to Boris Johnson saying he is
A letter sent by Sir David Norgrove to Boris Johnson saying he is "surprised and disappointed" that he has revived the widely-discredited pledge that up to £350 million a week extra could be spent on the NHS after Brexit

The chairman of the UK Statistics Authority said the figure "confuses" the gross and net contributions the UK makes to EU coffers.

He wrote: "I am surprised and disappointed that you have chosen to repeat the figure of £350 million per week, in connection with the amount that might be available for extra public spending when we leave the European Union."

"It is a clear misuse of official statistics," Sir David added.