Martin Williams

  • 19 Oct 2017

    Transcripts from the House of Commons can be quietly edited if politicians’ claims are proved wrong. But the public rarely hears an apology. Here are ten incorrect claims we discovered which were made by government ministers. They were all corrected afterwards – but often not for weeks.

  • 17 Oct 2017

    The Metropolitan Police have announced new guidelines designed to ‘screen out’ some crimes without investigation. But data obtained by FactCheck shows that the Met already screens out hundreds of thousands of cases each year.

  • 11 Oct 2017

    Speaking on World Mental Health Day, the health secretary told MPs: “We’ve got 30,000 more people working in mental health today than we had when [Labour] left office.” But when questioned by FactCheck, the Department for Health admitted that Mr Hunt’s figure includes all professionally qualified clinical NHS staff in England – not just those working in mental health.

  • 2 Oct 2017

    The chancellor, Philip Hammond, has defended the “market economy”, saying it has brought people out of poverty. In media interviews and his speech to Conservative conference, Mr Hammond repeatedly accused the Labour Party of posing a threat to this economic model. The chancellor even appeared to compare Labour’s policies to countries like North Korea and…

  • 29 Sep 2017

    In his speech at the Labour Party Conference this week, Jeremy Corbyn promised to introduce rent controls. The announcement delighted many struggling private renters, but critics responded saying the move would damage the housing sector and be a “disaster for tenants”. So who’s right? What does ‘rent control’ actually mean? The main problem with the rent controls…

  • 27 Sep 2017

    North Korea has claimed that Donald Trump has declared war. The US president had said North Korea’s leaders “won’t be around much longer” and referred to Kim Jong-Un as “Little Rocket Man”. This followed Mr Trump’s speech to the UN last week in which he warned that America would “totally destroy” North Korea if the…

  • 16 Sep 2017

    The Conservative MP said that the “real reason” food bank usage has increased is that the government has allowed Jobcentre Plus to tell people they exist. Under Labour, this was not allowed, he said. But does that claim stand up to scrutiny?

  • 1 Sep 2017

    It has been two years since Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old boy from Syria, was found washed up on a beach in Turkey. Since then, has the migration crisis improved or changed? And how many more people have died? FactCheck looked at the figures.

  • 31 Aug 2017

    Storm Harvey has devastated the US state of Texas, with at least 33 people reported dead and thousands forced to evacuate their homes. But how does it compare to other weather disasters in America and around the world?

  • 29 Aug 2017

    The best paid FTSE 100 executive received more than 1,700 times the average UK wage last year, an analysis by FactCheck shows. Sir Martin Sorrell, who runs the advertising and marketing giant WPP, earned more than £48m, including perks and pension. Overall, the highest earning executives in each of the FTSE 100 firms were paid an average of…

  • 24 Aug 2017

    The UK is the only undisputed democracy in Europe to use the First Past The Post voting system to elect MPs. This could make a big difference to who represents us in parliament. New analysis by the Electoral Reform Society has estimated how this year’s General Election might have played out if Proportional Representation had been used instead.

  • 17 Aug 2017

    Thousands of students have just received their A-level results and discovered whether they are off to university. But with so many students getting good grades and going to university, is the whole experience worth the same as it once was? FactCheck looked into the details.

  • 9 Aug 2017

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, has defended the force’s stop and search tactics. There is no dispute that black Londoners are stopped and searched proportionally more often than white people, but Dick claimed this was not due to unfairness. FactCheck looked into the details.

  • 8 Aug 2017

    Last month saw a spate of prison riots, with violence at jails in Hertfordshire and Worcestershire. Some commentators claimed the unrest was “a disaster waiting to happen”. But what’s really going on inside Briton’s prisons? And are prison officers facing an uphill battle to stay in control?

  • 1 Aug 2017

    The government has announced a £1.3bn plan to expand the mental health workforce with a “challenging” recruitment drive. The aim is to help the NHS care for an additional one million patients by 2020-21, according to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt. We put his claims to the FactCheck test.