Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“This is what we’re up against. The Labour Party, a subset of lawyers, criminal gangs – they’re all on the same side, propping up a system of exploitation that profits from getting people to the UK illegally”

PM Rishi Sunak, X Post

Facts

On 25 July, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak retweeted a Daily Mail article which reported that lawyers had been briefing clients on how to make false asylum claims. 

Alongside it the Prime Minister stated “This is what we’re up against. The Labour Party, a subset of lawyers, criminal gangs – they’re all on the same side, propping up a system of exploitation that profits from getting people to the UK illegally”.

Announcing his bid to become Prime Minister a year earlier on 8 July 2022, Rishi Sunak stated  “We’ve had enough of division. Politics at its best is a unifying endeavour and I have spent my career bringing people together. Because that is the only way to succeed”.

Verdict

Rishi Sunak provided no evidence to support his inflammatory claim that the Labour Party was on the same side as “criminal gangs” who seek to exploit vulnerable people by bringing them into the UK, or the “subset of lawyers” who allegedly help them. 

We emailed Rishi Sunak’s office and Downing Street offering them the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply. 

Published 28 Jun 2024
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