It’s normal for politicians to indulge in a bit of creative thinking in election season. But these claims were particularly false – so we’ve debunked them.
The general election campaign’s at fever pitch. And with the politics in full flow, so is the spin, smearing and downright claptrap.
It’s normal for politicians of every party to indulge in a bit of creative thinking in the run-up to polling day.
But some Tory claims lately have been just too outrageous for us not to rake back over.
We’ve noted down some of the more obviously untrue claims by the party, and explained why they don’t stand up.
We’ll be adding to this list if more come in.
Jeremy Corbyn plans to raise the basic rate of income tax to 25p
Claim made on Twitter, during Andrew Neil’s BBC One interview of Theresa May, May 22, 2017:
This is untrue.
- Labour’s manifesto does includes tax increases for people earning more than £80,000 a year
- But the manifesto explicitly rules out rises in income tax for everyone else
- Jeremy Corbyn wrote in 2015 that to fund social care, “we have to talk about tax.The basic rate of income tax was 25 per cent a generation ago; now it’s 20 per cent.” That is a very long way off proposing a 25p rate in a manifesto