Martin Williams

  • 14 Mar 2018

    President Trump said that – when the UK reaches a conclusion about the attack on Sergei Skripal – he would “certainly take that finding as fact”. He promised to “condemn Russia or whoever it may be” who’s responsible. But now that Theresa May has said Russia was “culpable for the attempted murder,” has Trump stuck to his word?

  • 8 Mar 2018

    The government has announced its ambition to reduce the number of calories in some popular foods by 20 per cent by 2024. Will this really help the nation lose weight? There’s often confusion and debate about how best to tackle the UK’s obesity epidemic. Some commentators have blamed obesity on over-consumption of certain food types like…

  • 2 Mar 2018

    MPs are set to receive a pay rise of 1.8 per cent this year, bringing their total salary to £77,379. Announcing the decision, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority said it was increasing wages to keep them in line with public sector pay. FactCheck looks at the bigger picture.

  • 26 Feb 2018

    The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has argued with a top EU official over proposals to ban plastic drinking straws. He suggested the EU was holding back UK ambitions to ban them, but Frans Timmermans responded by claiming the EU was actually “one step ahead”. So what’s the truth?

  • 19 Feb 2018

    The government has developed new technology which can “automatically detect terrorist content” online.

  • 12 Feb 2018

    Last week, the Freemasons took out a full-page advert in several newspapers claiming that its members felt “stigmatised”. It followed news reports about the fraternal organisation, questioning their influence in policing and politics. In response, the Freemasons called for a change in attitudes and highlighted their extensive charity work. But do their arguments stack up?

  • 7 Feb 2018

    There have been calls for new laws to tackle online abuse. But legislation already rules against everything from threats to harassment and grossly offensive messages. So is the problem in policing, rather than the law?

  • 1 Feb 2018

    Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour government would “immediately purchase 8,000 properties across the country” to house homeless people. The policy has been effective in other countries, but Labour’s numbers are less convincing.

  • 19 Jan 2018

    The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has hinted at the prospect of building a road bridge between the UK and France. FactCheck asks whether such a project would be feasible – and what challenges engineers would be up against.

  • 17 Jan 2018

    The Transport Secretary said that unions “caused the vast majority of disruption” on the Southern rail network. But the report he based this on used personal judgement, not statistics.

  • 11 Jan 2018

    There are deep divisions among mental health professionals regarding questions about Donald Trump’s mental health. FactCheck looks into the details.

  • 5 Jan 2018

    Schools in England could be raising around £150m a year from voluntary donations, research by Channel 4 News suggests. With tight budgets, some headteachers told us they are increasingly reliant on donations to plug the gaps. In November, a primary school in Theresa May’s constituency wrote to parents asking for donations to help pay for items…

  • 21 Dec 2017

    2017 has been a busy year for FactCheck. With a snap election and the start of Brexit negotiations, politicians have churned out a stream of lies, half-truths and misleading claims. Here are the lowlights of 2017, which were exposed by FactCheck. 1. Jeremy Hunt was wrong about NHS staffing Speaking on World Mental Health Day,…

  • 5 Dec 2017

    Incredible revelations about Bob Marley are circulating on the internet. According to the story, a retired CIA officer with weeks to live has confessed to assassinating the singer. But it’s fake news.

  • 28 Nov 2017

    America’s Federal Communications Commission recently revealed plans to overturn net neutrality rules that were brought in under Obama. But there have been protests from many of the biggest web firms, and outcry from thousands of consumers.