Tory Exmouth funding: fake or real news (guess which!)

So, what is the truth in the story that Exmouth is to get high street funding boost?

Exmouth could be in line for a town centre funding boost.

The second line of the Exmouth Journal article gives a clue with the word “could” which suggests its not a done deal!

The Secretary of State for housing, communities and local government Robert Jenrick said he wants Exmouth to benefit from Future High Streets Fund cash to help secure up to £20 million.

Don’t we all want our local towns to benefit from the last governments “Future High Street Funding”?

But East Devon District Council were turned down on their single application for Axminister. This was their selected town as only one town per District was allowed and Axminister was considered by the Council as the neediest, despite Cranbrook not having a town centre at all, due to developers delaying tactics and funding shortfalls!

At the latest round of funding, Exmouth was not selected with the district council putting Axminster forward.

Well they got that right!

If Exmouth was selected for future rounds, it could receive up to £150,000.

Like the first sentence in the Conservative Press Release using the word “could” notice the inclusion of the word “If”

Who says there will be another round, Parliament is actually closed, and no decision has been taken on another round of funding?

The money could allow local authorities to work on detailed project proposals that can be submitted for capital funding.

Again, notice the word “could” again, but East Devon District Council have not been invited to submit for a further round nor have the Council debated and decided which town to put forward if they had been asked!

The fund can be used to improve transport and access into town centres, convert empty retail units into new homes and workplaces, and invest in infrastructure.

They have got this right at least!

Conservative Party election candidates for East Devon Simon Jupp lobbied the government for this funding.

All MPs from the last administration have stood down, and at this very moment the ones wanting to carry on are standing for reselection. Therefore, there is no government to Lobby, and if anyone did lobby a Minister and the Minister promised anything at all they are committing what is called “Purdah” which restricts various communications and activity of Government Officers and Ministers who although not strictly working MPs but remain in office and in charge of their departments during the election period.

Mr Jenrick said: “I want Exmouth to benefit from that (the Future High Streets Fund) and be part of the next group of towns to receive up to £20m each.”

Mr Jenrick although a current minister cannot comment on behalf of the dissolved government, but he however can comment in his personal capacity, just like any Tom Dick or Harry! Therefore, he is just like you or I saying something in the Pub, he would like Exmouth to benefit from a funding stream!

Ian MacQueen, chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is excellent news for Exmouth and demonstrates the importance of backing business to create jobs and opportunities for everyone.”

Unfortunately, Mr Macqueen is misinformed as well as everyone unfortunate enough who has read this very poor press report that gives the impression that Exmouth will benefit from £20Millian because our Tory Candidate has so “Lobbied” his mate!

The truth is, East Devon District Council is awaiting information if there will be a round 2, and if there is one, it will then decide democratically which Town they wish to put forward and then submit an application to Government.

Therefore, please disregard this spin, go to the polls tomorrow, and vote for an Honest, Truthful, Respected and Local Person – but not Simon Jupp!

Which party’s ads lie? 88% of Tory ads and 0% of Labour ads says one study!

“Many of the ads have not contained misleading claims, but the issue has also been addressed in a separate study by the non-profit organisation First Draft.

It looked just at every paid-for Facebook ad from the three main UK-wide parties run over the first four days of December:

for the Conservatives, it said that 88% (5,952) of the party’s most widely promoted ads either featured claims which had been flagged by independent fact-checking organisations including BBC Reality Check as not correct or not entirely correct.

The figure includes instances of the same claims being made across multiple posts. One example was that Labour would spend £1.2 trillion at a cost of £2,400 to every household, which was contained within 4,028 ads.

Those sums are significantly higher than others’ analysis of Labour’s plans.

For the Lib Dems, it said hundreds of potentially misleading ads had featured identical unlabelled graphs, with no indication of the source data, to claim it was the only party that could beat either Labour, the Conservatives or the SNP “in seats like yours”.

For Labour, it said that it could not find any misleading claims in ads run over the period. However, it noted that the party’s supporters were more likely to share unpaid-for electioneering posts than those of its rivals. It said one of these contained leader Jeremy Corbyn’s disputed claim that a Tory-negotiated trade deal with the US could cost the NHS up to £500m a week by driving up the cost of medicines

Johnson and the picture of the 4-year old child being treated on a hospital floor

“Why don’t you look at it now, prime minister?” asked ITV Yorkshire’s Joe Pike, armed with that image of a four-year-old boy being treated on a hospital floor in Leeds.

After finally glancing at the picture, Boris Johnson then ludicrously pocketed the reporter’s phone as if he were confiscating a child’s irritating toy. “It’s a terrible, terrible photo…but what we are doing is supporting the NHS..,” he finally blurted out. The clip has had six million views and will get many more millions on prime time TV channels.

At last, in this tightly choreographed Tory election campaign (and even the ‘unscripted’ bits of Johnson’s speeches are carefully scripted), here was a real moment. It was a moment that told us a lot about the PM’s irritable side, his unconventional conduct and his failure to empathise properly with a lived experience of the British public.

Authenticity has been in such short supply these past few weeks, but things don’t get more authentic than a child with suspected pneumonia lying on some coats on the floor because his NHS hospital can’t find a bed. And this whole exchange mattered precisely because it bled into the narrative that you can’t trust Johnson – with the truth or with the NHS.

Many of those who know Johnson best know he rarely pays any attention to anything unless he really feels it’s important. It’s perfectly plausible that he hadn’t even seen the Daily Mirror front page, and that’s why he didn’t want to be ambushed with it.

The irony is that Johnson had already told LBC’s Nick Ferrari hours earlier that “I sympathise very much and I apologise to everybody who has had a bad experience”. But he had also told LBC “we’re a new administration” and “we want to invest massively in the NHS”. Both statements were part of the wider strategy of saying he’s only been PM for 4 months and somehow has nothing to do with the previous 10 years of Tory rule.

Being forced into saying “it’s a terrible photo” is damaging enough. But saying he is “supporting the NHS”, after years of a funding squeeze that failed to keep pace with rising pressures, is politically much more damaging if it lays bare the need for “real change”, as Jeremy Corbyn puts it.

When health secretary Matt Hancock was then ‘scrambled’ (hacks love that word) to Leeds general infirmary, he too let the cat out of the bag. He empathised better than the PM, when put to him this was not a one-off but a systemic problem across lots of A&Es, he replied “demand is rising..[we’ve] got to make sure the funds go up to match that.”

That was an admission that funds have not rising so far to match the pressures facing the NHS. The promise of jam tomorrow isn’t much comfort when you’re hungry today. Leeds general is to get a bigger children’s A&E ward, but many years too late. And when Hancock praised the ‘brilliant’ Leeds staff, that only further exposed that it’s political decisions have left those staff struggling.”

Source: The Waugh Zone, Huffington Post

Still undecided?

When Boris Johnson says Corbyn would be a “clear and present danger” if he were to become PM, Johnson is using the EXACT words that are being used about his twin Trump and his desecration of the office of President. Boris identifies totally with his partner in crime.

They share MUCH more than their hairstyles.

And ask yourself: who would Corbyn be a danger to? Certainly not Owl!

Are no local Tories up to the job of MP? And who IS Simon James/Jupp?

Current headline:

“Boris Johnson left speechless when asked why no Tory candidates in Sunderland are from the local area’ “

Which begs the question:

Why was a London-based political adviser to Dominic Raab parachuted into East Devon a month before the general election?

And who is he really?

Simon Jupp, East Devon Tory candidate

or Simon James?

Why would anyone want or need 2 profiles with 2 names?