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At PMQs on 25 January 2012, Anne McGuire MP asked David Cameron about benefits for disabled children: “I asked the Prime Minister about cutting benefits for disabled children, and he replied: First of all, we are not cutting benefits for disabled children.” “I wonder whether since that time he has checked his facts and discovered that on […]

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At PMQs on 25 January 2012, David Cameron said: “There are more people in work today than there were at the time of the last election” This was misleading as Channel 4′s Cathy Newman revealed: “Mr Cameron didn’t make the distinction between public and private sectors. He lumped everyone together, to claim that there are […]

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David Cameron told the Conservative Party conference that the financial crash was caused by debt, and primarily state debt, as opposed to bank or consumer debt: “This was no normal recession; we’re in a debt crisis. It was caused by too much borrowing, by individuals, businesses, banks, and most of all, governments.” However, the high UK […]

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When campaigning to keep the First Past the Post voting system in the 2011 electoral reform referendum, David Cameron claimed: “Campaigners for AV want us to ditch a voting system that is used by half the planet” However, only one fifth of the world’s countries, defined by United Nations membership, use a pure First Past […]

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David Cameron promised to reduce immigration to ‘tens of thousands’ annually in the Conservative manifesto.  The Coalition Agreement stated that the government would introduce a cap on migration, but did not say give a figure. However, Tory ministers were happy to continue to talk about reducing immigration to tens of thousands after the government was […]

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David Cameron insisted to the House of Commons in February 2011 that spending for Sure Start spending was increasing: “We have maintained the money for sure start. We have maintained the money for children’s centres… The budget is going up.” However, Sure Start sectors funding was deeply threatened by the Coalition and Sure Start centres […]

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The foundational myth of the Coalition is that at the time of the general election, the UK faced an imminent threat of finding itself in the same position as the likes of Greece. The prime minister repeated the mantra in Parliament in January 2011. Responding to economic data that showed the the economy shrunk in […]

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As justification for reforming the NHS, David Cameron told the House of Commons in January 2011: “This country now has European levels of health spending but does not have European levels of success in our health service.” Health systems are complex things, and it is almost inevitable that some healthcare systems will be stronger in […]

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  In January 2011 the Prime Minister argued that GPs were lining up behind his NHS reforms saying: ” There is huge enthusiasm among GPs to get this moving, and I think that it will show real benefits in patient choice.” However, two months previously, Dr Clare Gerada, newly-elected head of the Royal College of GPs […]

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In December 2010, the Prime Minister said in the House of Commons that: “Over the past six months, we have seen 300,000 new private sector jobs.” Cameron could have only come to a 300,000 figure by comparing private sector employment of 22,539,000 in March 2010 – two months before the general election – with 22,858,000 […]

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