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

December 19, 2014 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

Women could serve in infantry and armoured units for the first time from 2016, the defence secretary has said.

Michael Fallon says he is minded to follow the recommendation of a new Government-commissioned report which says close combat roles should be open to women soldiers.

Some serving soldiers are unhappy, but Britain will not be the first country to allow women to fight alongside men on the front line.

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A senior policeman has said some people caught looking at images of child abuse online should get medical help, not a conviction. But is paedophilia an illness?

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December 18, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Vladimir Putin claims Russia only has two military bases abroad. FactCheck thinks he’s having an attack of amnesia.

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December 15, 2014 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Labour would run a deficit “forever”, according to David Cameron. Scaremongering or plain speaking?

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December 11, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ed Balls says voters have a “big choice” between rival economic strategies. But how much clear blue water really lies between the parties’ plans?

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December 10, 2014 10 Comments By Patrick Worrall

More than one in 10 women takes antidepressants and prescriptions have doubled in a decade. Are we drowning in despair or just overusing drugs?

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December 4, 2014 3 Comments By Fariha Karim

It’s pricey being young these days. So where’s the damage being done: every dinner time? Beers? Fags? Or rent? FactCheck has done some sums.

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December 3, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The facts and figures came thick and fast as the chancellor defended the government’s stewardship of the economy today. Did he pass the FactCheck test?

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December 2, 2014 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The government is taking credit for spending on flood defences that was set out by the previous Labour government. And its claim ignores the effects of inflation over the past five years.

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December 1, 2014 9 Comments By Patrick Worrall

You say Mohammed, I say Muhammad. Why Britain’s most popular baby name does not mean Islam is taking over.

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