Channel 4 FactCheck goes behind the spin to dig out the truth and separate political fact from fiction.

August 5, 2016 18 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Jeremy Corbyn took on Owen Smith in a head-to-head debate for the first time this week.

The two men met in Cardiff for the first of nine (!) official debates before the party chooses its leader on 24 September.

Supporters of both campaigns have accused the other side of peddling untruths.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a debate against challenger Owen Smith in the first hustings event of the Labour leadership campaign in Cardiff, Wales, Britain August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden - RTSL3IK

fiction_108x60Corbyn: ‘I didn’t say that’

Owen Smith said he wants a second EU referendum, and said Corbyn failed to fight hard enough to keep Britain in.

He accused Mr Corbyn of making a “real mistake” by apparently calling for the government to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, beginning the legal process of leaving the bloc.

“No, I didn’t say that”, Mr Corbyn interrupted. (more…)

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August 1, 2016 19 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has been accused of copying Jeremy Corbyn’s policies. What’s the truth of the matter?

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July 6, 2016 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Letters written by Tony Blair for the eyes of the US president only have now been declassified. What do they tell us about the Iraq War?

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June 24, 2016 15 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Should disgruntled Remainers blame Gran? Will Scotland leave the UK? Will London leave the UK, for that matter?

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June 15, 2016 13 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Boris admits he hasn’t read a study he quotes to attack the EU on immigration and wages. But could he have a point anyway?

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The claim VoteLeave says UK gives £5.8bn more to EU countries for medical costs than it gets back, which campaigners say means “health tourism from the EU has cost us billions”.

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June 8, 2016 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Does Cyprus really sell EU passports? Yes – but only to the very rich. And so does Britain.

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June 3, 2016 14 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Straight bananas, anyone? A kilo of eggs? The newspapers are still having fun with tales of “barmy” Brussels regulations. Most of them are untrue.

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May 25, 2016 2 Comments By Georgia Graham

The proportion of funding the IFS gets from the EU has increased in recent years – from 5.9% of funding in 2009 to 11% in 2014.

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