The Liberal Democrats has been criticised for their selective use of polling data on leaflets.
The fact-checking charity Full Fact has warned that attempts to mislead voters by using polling data to claim electoral advantage over rivals could have long-term implications for trust in politicians.
Lisa O’Carroll, the Guardian’s Brexit correspondent, reports that leaflets across the country show the Liberal Democrats appear to be using bar charts to press home a message that they have a good chance of winning, even in seats where the likes of the Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg or Labour stalwarts are seen as difficult to dislodge.
In some leaflets the party omitted spectacular results for the Brexit party in bar charts showing the European election results, while in others it projected local election results to forecast wins in the general election.
The party has also been criticised for using data from Flavible, an obscure company that is not a member of the British Polling Council.
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All eyes will be on Labour’s manifesto, which Jeremy Corbyn vowed would “knock your socks off”. The manifesto will be finalised in today’s clause V meeting and immigration has re-emerged as a key battleground.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Corbyn faces a frontbench split, referring to claims that a draft version of Labour’s manifesto contains a commitment to freedom of movement. The newspaper quoted a shadow cabinet source as saying: “If we maintain a close relationship with the single market then we are going to have to maintain freedom of movement. That’s a given.”
The Independent reported that policies of extending free movement and giving foreign nationals the right to vote in all UK elections, which passed at the party’s annual conference on Saturday, are expected to be watered down or scrapped.
Meanwhile, Wiley, the so-called godfather of grime, has come out in support of Corbyn. The endorsement follows reports that some of the artists involved with the Grime4Corbyn movement, which launched two years ago with the aim of connecting energised fans with the Labour leader’s politics, now question the effectiveness of the campaign.
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