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July 7, 2015 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

07 77 fc FactCheck: how many terror plots have been busted since the 7/7 bombings?

 “Over the last 10 years it’s estimated that something like 40 plots have been disrupted here in the UK.”
Theresa May, 28 June 2015

The head of MI5 made a rare public statement today, on the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bomb attacks on London.

Andrew Parker said: “The terrible events in London on 7 July 2005 are enduring reminders of the reality of what MI5 is striving every day to prevent.”

He also said the authorities “thwart most attempts” to carry out terror attacks on UK soil, something the home secretary put a figure on in a recent interview.

Theresa May said about 40 plots have been disrupted since 7/7. Another statistic being repeated today is that only one person – drummer Lee Rigby – has been killed on UK soil as a result of Islamist terrorism in the last 10 years.

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July 3, 2015 3 Comments By Sophie Warnes

Is the rise of the Islamic State the biggest threat to the UK’s security and safety in the history of the country?

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July 2, 2015 2 Comments By Sophie Warnes

The claim “In many parts of our country it has become normal for young people to leave, though not out of choice. This might be to find work, but more and more, it is to find a home that they

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June 30, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron says only the US has hit the Islamic State group with more air strikes than Britain. Is the UK really doing enough in Iraq?

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June 24, 2015 16 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Will the Queen really lose millions if the Scottish Government takes over the Crown Estate assets north of the border? Errr… no.

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June 23, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives say they have to find £12bn from a £220bn welfare budget. Do the numbers add up – and where should the axe fall?

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June 19, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Barack Obama says America is the only developed country where gun massacres are commonplace. Is he right?

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June 18, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

US citizens still buy in to the idea that anyone can make it from rags to riches. But research suggests social mobility could be more of an American nightmare.

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June 16, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Do you have to be posh to get to the top in modern Britain? Or is a private education a waste of money? FactCheck looks at the evidence…

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June 11, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ministers say the taxpayer will end up making a profit after bailing out the banks to the tune of £100bn. But are they telling us the whole story?

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