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April 28, 2016 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

May 5 is a big day for British democracy, with voters choosing the Scottish parliament, the national assemblies of Wales and Northern Ireland, four mayors including London, the London Assembly, Police and Crime Commissioners and thousands of English council seats.

The elections will be seen as a big test for all the main parties – and for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in particular – a year after the last general election.

If current polling is to be believed, the Conservatives are on course to embarrass Labour in the English council elections, Ukip could bag their first Welsh Assembly seats, and Labour’s Sadiq Khan will be the next Mayor of London.

These results may well be interpreted as a no-confidence vote in Jeremy Corbyn in England, a surge of support for Ukip in Wales, and a massive comeback for Labour in the capital. But none of these things is necessarily true.

A voter stands at a booth inside a polling station as she prepares to cast her vote in Belfast on May 7, 2015, as Britain holds a general election. Polls opened Thursday in Britain's closest general election for decades with voters set to decide between the Conservatives of Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband's Labour and a host of smaller parties. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)

Labour wipeout?

Polling expert Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University has predicted that Labour could lose hundreds of English council seats.

Labour are behind the Conservatives in eight out of the last 10 major national voter intention polls. (more…)

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April 19, 2016 35 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Leave campaigners say Britain is sending £350m a week to Brussels as the price of EU membership. Fact or fiction?

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April 18, 2016 10 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The government says families will lose out to the tune of £4,300 if they vote to leave the EU. Is it true?

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Jeremy Hunt has been very guarded in his use of language around imposition versus introduction of junior doctors’ contracts.

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April 8, 2016 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron is under fire for holding offshore investments before he became Prime Minister. Was he trying to avoid tax?

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March 30, 2016 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The claim “Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial lines, people of color are far more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and

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March 18, 2016 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

“The independent statistics confirm that, under this Prime Minister, child poverty is down, pensioner poverty is down, inequality is down, and the gender pay gap has never been

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George Osborne insists the government is increasing the money it spends on disabled people, even as he is criticised for the latest cut. Who’s right?

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March 16, 2016 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Everyone knows George Osborne missed a debt target today. What else has the Chancellor failed to achieve?

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March 15, 2016 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

The CBI says its members overwhelmingly want Britain to stay in the EU. Does the organisation represent the whole business community?

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