Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“We are the Party that stands up for facts…”

Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, BBC Newsnight

Facts

Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, Michelle Donelan, claimed that the Conservative Party is “the Party that stands up for facts…”

This website contains approaching 1,000 instances of Conservative Party politicians spreading misinformation and false narratives. 

Verdict

The Conservative Party does not stand “up for facts.”

We emailed Michelle Donelan’s office offering her the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply. 

Not Client Journalism 

This website contains many examples of BBC journalists and others either repeating or failing to challenge lies and falsehoods from Conservative politicians. Victoria Derbyshire’s systematic and determined challenge to Michelle Donelan was therefore a bracing moment. See the transcript below for a lesson in how to interrogate dishonest ministers.

Michelle Donelan: “We are the party that stands up for facts.”

Victoria Derbyshire: “I’m going to push you right there. None of those three things are true.”

MD: “Well it certainly is true – there are a lot of people that have been calling for a meat taxation.”

VD: “No, I’m not going to let this go. There was never a proposal to use seven bins, we can’t find any council that wants to decide how often people can go to shops and Labour have never proposed taxing meat. They are untruths, they are fictions, they are completely and utterly made up and it’s really disrespectful to voters.”

MD: “I genuinely believe we are the party of facts and evidence.”

VD: “I’ve just given you three pieces of fiction that members of your party have said in the last couple of weeks.”

MD: “Well I’ve heard members of the Labour Party advocating for those things.”

VD: “Never a Labour policy, come on.”

MD: “That wasn’t the words that were used there. And I have heard members of the Labour Party advocating for those things, and advocating for their party to campaign on those areas.”

VD: “Is this how desperate the Conservative Party is now? You’re making up stuff.”

Published 28 Jun 2024
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