The Reality Check team navigates the most questionable figures that have cropped up in the election campaign.£1.2 trillionOne of the biggest numbers to come out of the campaign so far was £1.2tn, which was the extra amount the Conservative Party said that Labour would spend over the next five years.The initial verdict on this was that the Conservatives could not possibly know this because the Labour manifesto had not yet been published.The dossier was released on 10 November, well before the Labour manifesto was published on 21 November.Now that we do have the manifesto, we can make a list of some of the items that were included in the Conservative costing that were not included, together with how much the Tories said they would cost over five years. Abolishing private schools - £35bn Free school meals for secondary school students - £6.8bn Excluding pensions from the 2% target for defence spending - £3bn That's nearly £45bn.Some of the Conservative … [Read more...] about General election 2019: The campaign’s most controversial numbers
Representatives from seven parties took part in a Question Time special with an audience of 18 to 30-year-olds.BBC Reality Check looked at some of their claims during the 90 minute-long debate in York.The Conservatives' Robert Jenrick said: "We've built 450,000 affordable homes in this country since 2010. That's more on average per year than the Labour government did before us from 1997 to 2010."Reality check: It's true that since 2010 about 450,000 affordable homes have been added to the housing supply in England. Not all of them are newly built - some have been converted from commercial properties or by splitting one dwelling up into two or more. That is slightly more on average a year than the previous Labour government - 50,107 a year compared with 42,854 between 1997 and 2010.But these figures cover all types of affordable housing including homes for social rent. And that means looking at the total number of affordable houses added each year doesn't tell the whole story. Since … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Question Time under-30s fact-checked
As another General Election looms, the battle for No10 will fundamentally be fought and won online. In a special series, we will investigate the tactics and dark arts being used by all of the parties to shape the outcome. Today's Part 12 looks at the pro-EU groups behind tactical voting websites. While the results of this election are harder than most to predict, one thing is clear; tactical voting is high on the agenda. Research by BMG and the Electoral Reform Society indicates that one third of people intend to tactically vote on Thursday. And this year, there has been an unprecedented influx of competing tactical voting websites. The six main sites have all been established by pro-EU... … [Read more...] about Tactical voting sites: How do they work and should you trust them?
With just two days until the election, the choice for voters is now clear. We will face a hung parliament with Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister, propped up by the SNP and Liberal Democrats, feeding uncertainty while the country is stuck in neutral. Or voters can give the Conservatives a working majority, which will allow Boris Johnson to drive Britain forward, and get parliament out of the rut it has been in. Just imagine for a moment the nightmare before Christmas, if we wake up on Friday 13th to another hung parliament, the keys to Downing Street in the hands of Mr Corbyn. Think what it would mean for you and your family. Government would be paralysed almost immediately, preparing for two more... … [Read more...] about We are at a crossroads and it is no time to go in circles