Financial journalist Martin Lewis has confirmed he received death threats during the EU referendum.

Manchester-born Lewis, who sold his website MoneySavingExpert to MoneySupermarket.com for £87m in 2012 – told PA that the threats came after Stronger In Europe used a quote and photograph on an official leaflet.

Martin Lewis

Martin Lewis

“I am never afraid of standing up for what I believe in but I didn’t believe I wanted to tell people how to vote,” he said.

“First of all I was one of six on every leaflet and when they did testing and realised I was the most trusted it was then on the front of every Remain leaflet with a picture of me. Without my permission, without my approval.

“I was not campaigning for Remain. I got death threats on the back of it.”

The quote used was made during an appearance on ITV’s The Agenda in April.

He told host Tom Bradby: “On balance of probability, it is more likely we’ll have less money in our pockets if we vote to leave.”

Lewis returns with his latest series of The Martin Lewis Money Show for ITV next week.