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March 26, 2015 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron and Ed Miliband will be making their big pitch to voters tonight in the first big set-piece TV election debate.

The Prime Minister and the Labour leader won’t actually be debating with one another, after Mr Cameron ruled out a head-to-head confrontation.

Instead, both men will be grilled by Jeremy Paxman in separate interviews, and face questions from a live studio audience.

Of course we don’t know what they’re going to say, but Labour and the Conservatives have a habit of deploying the same arsenal of dubious claims over and over again.

Here are some of the lies, half-truths and evasions that might come up tonight.

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VAT and National Insurance

The biggest movement in the last few days. Labour had been accusing the Conservatives of planning a VAT hike in the next parliament.

Mr Cameron appeared to shoot that one down in the last Prime Minister’s Questions of this parliament, explicitly ruling out a VAT rise.

But Mr Miliband may bring up the fact that Mr Cameron said the Tories had “absolutely no plans to raise VAT” before the last election – before announcing in the very first budget of the coalition that it would rise from 17.5 to 20 per cent.

It’s not the only time Mr Cameron has pulled a policy U-turn or broken a promise – as we found in a recent FactCheck. (more…)

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March 24, 2015 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

All the main parties say the NHS will be safe in their hands. But how will they plug what experts say is a £30bn funding gap?

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March 23, 2015 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

Ed Miliband made a big pitch to voters today in a speech to the Labour faithful in Clydebank. Some opinion polls are suggesting the party could face a landslide defeat by the SNP north of the

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Before the last election, Nick Clegg said it was “time to say goodbye to broken promises”. Did he keep his word?

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March 19, 2015 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Labour says people are £1,600 worse off under the coalition. George Osborne says we will be £900 better off. Who’s right?

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March 18, 2015 16 Comments By Patrick Worrall

We’ve already looked at the pre-election promises David Cameron made but failed to deliver after becoming Prime Minister. Now it’s Labour’s turn.

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March 17, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

What David Cameron said would happen before the last election – and what really happened.

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March 13, 2015 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives are urging their supporters to “share the facts” about the party’s achievements in government. Should that be “share the fiction?”

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March 6, 2015 17 Comments By David Weisbloom

Immigration is rarely out of the headlines. With Ukip making it a key election issue, David Cameron has had to sit up and take notice. Here are the facts.

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March 4, 2015 10 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Have living standards really bounced back to their pre-crash levels? Or are we losing thousands of pounds a year, as Ed Miliband says?

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