Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“Well it is actually named in the article”

Robert Jenrick, Immigration Minister, LBC

Facts

On 6 August Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick wrote an article for The Sun, in which he stated that “a top lawyer who advised Labour on anti-racism policies is at the forefront of efforts to stop people being deported to Rwanda.”

In an interview on LBC later that same day, Mr Jenrick was quizzed on this allegation. He was repeatedly asked by presenter Andrew Castle to name the “top lawyer”. Jenrick responded that they were “actually named in the [Sun] article”. 

Andrew Castle looked through a copy of the paper during the interview, finding that the lawyer was not named in Jenrick’s article. 

Castle pointed this out to Jenrick and again asked him for the name of the “top lawyer”. Jenrick said “You’ll be able to find it online if you take a look.”

However, the online version of the story does not name the mystery lawyer either. 

Verdict

Robert Jenrick was misleading LBC listeners – about an article he had written himself.

We emailed Robert Jenrick’s office offering him the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply. We also emailed the Home Office with our analysis, they responded “I’m afraid we can only respond to media outlets, so this wouldn’t be one for us.”

Additional Note 

There is a pattern here. The Conservative party has  repeatedly accused the Labour party of colluding with various groups and people with no evidence to back up claims (link here, here and here).

Published 28 Jun 2024
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