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

“Why do I have to break an embargo in order to expose press lies about Labour?”

“We’ve taken on the Mail on Sunday and won. But the newspaper regulator won’t correct the story till after the election.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/10/break-embargo-expose-press-lies-labour?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

More fake news: 4 year old boy on hospital floor: account hacked to imply it was false (it wasn’t)

“A false online story that the photograph of an ill boy lying on the floor of Leeds General infirmary was staged came from a hacked account, according to the medical secretary whose name was attached to the initial post.

The woman, whose name the Guardian is withholding because she says she has received death threats since the post was made, denied posting the allegation that four-year-old Jack Willment-Barr’s mother placed him on the floor specifically to take the picture, which was on the front page of Monday’s Daily Mirror.

“I was hacked. I am not a nurse and I certainly don’t know anyone in Leeds,” the woman told the Guardian. “I’ve had to delete everything as I have had death threats to myself and my children.”

She said she had tried to report the hack of her Facebook account to Action Fraud.

The row over Jack’s treatment has become a central part of the election campaign, with Boris Johnson being criticised for repeatedly refusing to look at the photograph he was shown by a journalist during an interview on Monday.

Despite the claim that the photo was staged having been acknowledged as false, it has continued to spread on both Facebook and Twitter, largely through individual low-follower accounts cutting and pasting the original text to share with their friends.

One version, posted by a man who claims to work for the British Army’s intelligence corps, has received 2,000 shares on Facebook; another, from a self-professed former soldier, has received a further 500. …”

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/dec/10/woman-says-account-hacked-to-post-fake-story-about-hospital-boy?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Even more Toey fake news

“The Mail on Sunday falsely claimed that Labour was planning to scrap a tax exemption on homeowners, in a prominent story that has since been used by the Conservatives as part of their election campaign.

The press regulator Ipso ruled that the newspaper’s reporting was inaccurate and “could cause significant concern to readers that, under a Labour government, they could be liable to pay a tax they are exempt from under current legislation.”

The Mail on Sunday headline was then used in Conservative campaign literature and shared by Tory politicians on social media.

The story said Labour wanted “to scrap the capital gains tax exemption on main homes”, citing a report called Land for the Many, written for Labour by a group of academics and campaigners.

Contrary to the Mail on Sunday’s claims, the third-party report explicitly rejected proposals to scrap the capital gains tax exemption for main homes, and instead recommended an annual levy on any increase in value of a property.

The erroneous article was published in June, and the press regulator ruled on the inaccuracy in November. The Mail on Sunday must now publish Ipso’s ruling on page 2 of its print edition and on the top half of its website for 24 hours. But because the paper sought a review of the process by which the decision was made, publication of the correction has been delayed until after the election.

The authors of the Land for the Many report, which was edited by the Guardian columnist George Monbiot, have gone public with the ruling before Thursday’s vote.

Monbiot said: “We are pleased that Ipso has now imposed a major sanction. But I fear the damage has been done. The false claim has been implanted in people’s minds that Labour is coming for your home.”

The article’s false claims were repeated on Conservative party campaign websites such as Cost of Corbyn, where the policy was described as a “movers tax”. They were also cited on the spoof Labour Manifesto website produced by the Tories, which was promoted heavily with paid-for online adverts.

The Mail on Sunday argued that although the Land for the Many report did not propose scrapping the exemption for main homes, the article was not inaccurate as the report proposed an alternative tax on the gains in capital value of main homes.

However, Ipso’s complaints committee concluded that the Mail on Sunday “inaccurately reported information featured clearly within a publicly accessible policy document”.

It said: “The correction offered by the newspaper was insufficient to address this significant inaccuracy, which had formed a central point in the article. In light of these considerations, the committee concluded that that an adjudication was the appropriate remedy.”

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/dec/09/ipso-rebukes-mail-on-sunday-over-labour-movers-tax-claim?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

More Tory fake news

“An adviser to the health secretary, Matt Hancock [pictured here today at the hosputal in question]

has been involved in a confrontation with protesters outside a Leeds hospital during a Conservative general election campaign visit.

Conservative sources claimed on Monday afternoon that the adviser had been hit by one of the protesters. But a video that quickly emerged appeared to show the adviser walking into a protester’s arm.

West Yorkshire Police later said they were “unaware of any reports” of an incident involving election campaigners at the hospital. …”

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/09/matt-hancock-aide-altercation-hospital-campaign-visit?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other