Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have tonight faced off in the first live TV clash of the general election .
And the Tory leader made some big blustering claims against his Labour rival as they faced each other in the ITV leaders’ debate.
He boasted that truth matters… and then the audience, well, laughed.
And one audience member really let rip – piling into both leaders with a powerful diatribe about the loss of trust in politics.
You see the problem is, and you’ll be used to this by now, not everything Boris Johnson said was true.
We know – quelle surprise!
From 40 new hospitals to Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for corporation tax, here are a few claims he made that just don’t quite stack up.
1. On Labour’s changes to Corporation Tax
WHAT HE SAID: “I have shelved a plan to cut Corporation Tax, that’s already the lowest in Europe – he will whack it up to the highest in Europe.”
THE FACTS: Labour’s plan has been to raise Corporation Tax back up to 26%. According to experts at the respected OECD, Corporation Tax is still higher in France (32%), Portugal (32%), Germany (30%), Belgium (30%), Greece (28%) and Italy (28%).
2. On Labour’s ‘deal’ with the SNP
WHAT HE SAID: ” Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, be in no doubt about it, in order to secure power and the keys to No10, are going to do a deal – and they probably already have done a deal – with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP to form a Corbyn-Sturgeon coalition. And the price of that deal, the price of Nicola Sturgeon’s support, would be a second referendum on the union with Scotland.”
THE FACTS: Mr Corbyn branded the claim he had done a deal “nonsense” and said: “There’s not going to be a coalition between Labour and anybody else. There are no deals that have been done and there will be no deals that are done.” It’s right to assume Nicola Sturgeon would ask for a second referendum on independence but Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out granting this in 2020, despite Mr Johnson repeatedly claiming he will.
3. On 40 new hospitals
WHAT HE SAID: “I said we’d upgrade 20 hospitals and have 40 new hospitals. That programme is going ahead”.
THE FACTS: Boris Johnson’s ’40 new hospitals’ plan includes renovations of existing hospitals, and would only be delivered over a long period that involves winning two elections.
4. On why we’re having an election
WHAT HE SAID: “There’s only one reason why we’re having this election – that is that we have a deadlocked Parliament that will not deliver Brexit .”
THE FACTS: The election was called after Parliament voted down a “programme motion” to debate the entirety of the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the House of Commons in three days. A programme motion is a procedural hurdle, not usually cause for chucking in an entire Parliament and going for an election. MPs have, of course, voted for several delays before – but they had approved the first stage of the Bill, so they’d at least shown willing to get something through.