President Trump has claimed that Iran is the world’s “leading state sponsor of terror”. But is that fair? Before he became president, Trump said the “world’s biggest funder of terrorism” was Saudi Arabia – not Iran. So is his latest claim is just political rhetoric?
New figures, requested by FactCheck, shed light on the number of people who were potentially at risk of being deported in the Windrush Scandal.
Media reports claimed a “government analysis” had linked specific Twitter accounts to the Kremlin – and highlighted two “bot” accounts in particular. But people who run these accounts have both denied it, and even appeared on camera to prove they are real people. So what’s caused the confusion?
President Assad’s government has been accused of launching a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma. But Russia claims the attack was faked by Britain and anti-Assad rebels. FactCheck examines the evidence.
The head of Porton Down, the government’s military research facility, appears to have contradicted claims by the foreign secretary over the poisoning of a former spy, Sergei Skripal. Boris Johnson seemingly confirmed that scientists had “no doubt” that the nerve agent used was made in Russia. But Porton Down now says it has “not identified the precise source”.
When a former Russian spy and his daughter were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury, it wasn’t long before investigators started looking at the Kremlin with suspicion. But how strong is the UK’s evidence against Russia? And what do the experts think?
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?
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…
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.
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?
The government has developed new technology which can “automatically detect terrorist content” online.
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?
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?
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.
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.