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In March David Cameron claimed that the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) position was that austerity was not the cause of the flatlining economy. Sky reported: In a high-profile speech on Thursday, the prime minister said the OBR was “absolutely clear that the deficit reduction plan is not responsible” for depressed growth, adding “in fact, […]

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At, PMQs today, David Cameron claimed: “Our work experience programme is seeing half of the young people taking part getting into work – that is the same result as the Future Jobs Fund and it cost 20 times less – that is the truth – our programme is good value for taxpayers’ money, is getting […]

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In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron said: “It’s us, the modern compassionate Conservative party, who are the real champions of fighting poverty in Britain today.” However, looking at child poverty, last December the Child Poverty Action Group warned poor families are facing a “triple whammy” of benefit, support and service cuts. Indeed […]

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In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron said: “Our deficit reduction plan is not an alternative to a growth plan: it’s the very foundation of our growth plan.” However, only yesterday, an IMF report found the coalition’s cuts had hurt growth more than expected.

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In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron said: “I said no – Britain comes first – and I vetoed that EU treaty.” However, this was the veto that never was, the treaty still went ahead; even the Eurosceptic Daily Telegraph said it “may be the most misrepresented event in recent political history”.

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In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron said: “I’ll tell you what is down. Waiting lists – down. Mixed wards – down. The number of managers – down. Bureaucratic targets – down. Hospital infections – down. And what’s up? The number of doctors, the number of dentists, the number of midwives, the number […]

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In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron said: “We made a big decision to protect the NHS from spending cuts.” However, the NHS budget has been cut two years running. Official Treasury figures confirm that since 2009/10 NHS spending has fallen from £105,073 million to £104,333 million in real terms.

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In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron began by saying: “Here was the challenge: To make an insolvent nation solvent again.” However, the definition of insolvency is “the inability of a debtor to pay their debt” – Britain was not insolvent in 2010.

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At PMQs on 23 May 2012, David Cameron said: “That export scheme [The enterprise finance guarantee scheme] has been rolled into the export guarantee scheme more generally and the amount of export support is massively up on the last election, with billions of pounds in extra money being spent.” However, Cathy Newman of Channel Four FactCheck’s […]

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In April 2012, David Cameron claimed: “Since the election, exports are up by 20 per cent.” It is difficult to see how the Prime Minister could have made this assertion. According to the ONS the level of Exports in April 2010, immediately before the general election was £36.2 billion. This had risen to £41.8 billion […]

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