“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
REMEMBER: a vote for East Devon Lib Dems is a vote for the parachuted-in Tory – only Claire Wright can win against him.
“Jo Swinson has apologised for voting to cut benefits while serving in government with the Conservatives.
The Liberal Democrat leader told the BBC’s Andrew Neil her party had been wrong to back the so-called bedroom tax in the coalition government and “we should have stopped it”.
Although some cuts were needed when her party came into office in 2010, she suggested austerity had gone too far.
Her party was committed to spend more on welfare and childcare, she added.
During the 30-minute interview, to be broadcast on BBC One at 19.30 GMT, Ms Swinson was repeatedly challenged on her party’s record in government between 2010 and 2015 and her personal backing for cuts to benefits and Sure Start children’s centres.
She acknowledged she had voted nine times for the bedroom tax, the controversial policy which saw working-age families in council or housing association homes docked housing benefit if they were deemed to have more bedrooms than they needed. …
… Pressed by Mr Neil on whether the almost 10 years of austerity was a “necessary evil or terrible mistake”, she replied: “Clearly too much was cut, clearly not enough was raised from taxation.
“And certainly the investment should have kicked in earlier in terms of more borrowing for capital investment. …”
Such as these in East Devon:
For article, see:
A vote for anyone other than Claire Wright (Independent) is a vote for Tories.
Hot on the heels of East Devon Tories:
National Lib Dems try same (dirty) trick
Vote anything but Claire Wright (Independent) in East Devon, get Tory. Get Tory, get Putin and Trump.
” … the Lib Dems are again trying to lure voters from the centre left with big promises. This time, instead of talking about tuition fees, they say they will revoke article 50.
Everyone knows this will never happen: even the Lib Dems themselves. But they know this message will take votes away from Labour, and Lib Dem-friendly tactical voting tools are advising voters to vote Lib Dem in seats where, based on the 2017 election results, only a Labour candidate could beat the Tory. In many constituencies, a vote for the Lib Dems is in effect a vote for the Conservatives. …
… Her party is not focused on reversing generational injustice; on the contrary, it has enabled it. The Lib Dems – with Swinson as a coalition government minister – were happy to work with the Conservatives to slash benefits, cut social care and play havoc with the health service. Their political conscience only seemed to return when Brexit threatened their world view and their interests. Ideologically, they largely overlap with the vanishing “moderate” wing of the Tories – whose MPs are now defecting to the Lib Dem party. Many of my peers who fell for Cleggmania in 2010 say they’ll never vote Lib Dem again.
Today’s young people deserve better than we got. When I see younger people taking action on climate change, I feel proud. Your vote is powerful. So powerful that university lecturers who encourage students to sign up to vote are facing harassment.
A decade is a long time and also isn’t. I signed on for a bit, got a job, became a writer, got married. Loved ones died and new loved ones were born. Many of us are still in debt. Many of us don’t own a house. That’s life. But life intertwines with politics. And on 12 December you have a choice that could shape yours, for better or for worse.”
She can’t lose control – she’s never had it. Easy]t Devon has its credible Remain candidate – Claire Wright with 35% of the vote in 2017 – but Swinson has absolutely no control over the local East Devon Lib Dem candidate who has more reason to stand down than any other Lib Dem.
If she isn’t in control local groups – what is she in control? of? What is she Leader of?
Vote Lib Dem, Green or Labour and get (parachuted in, no local roots) Tory – again.
General Election Hustings in Sidmouth: 6th December
All the candidates for the East Devon constituency for the upcoming general election have been invited to a hustings event in Sidmouth.
On Friday 6th December
At All Saints’ Church Hall,
All Saints’ Road,
Sidmouth, EX10 8ES
They will be on stage and will answer pre-submitted questions.
The event is open to all members of the public and will be hosted and chaired by the Vision Group for Sidmouth.
Please send in any questions to