Martin Williams

  • 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.

  • 27 Jul 2017

    It’s been 20 years since Tony Blair first introduced tuition fees. Since then, students have been lied to, misled and betrayed by politicians and political parties. FactCheck uncovers the long history of broken promises and political U-turns.

  • 26 Jul 2017

    Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of U-turning on a pledge to scrap student debt. It follows a comment made during the election campaign, saying he would “deal with it”. But the context is important.

  • 21 Jul 2017

    Parliament has published its register of MPs’ financial interests for the first time since the election. An analysis by FactCheck shows that 123 MPs earn extra money by renting out homes and private property. Landlord MPs account for almost a fifth of all MPs. Their properties include houses, flats, farms, holiday cottages and shops. The MPs include chancellor…

  • 21 Jul 2017

    HS2 has come under repeated criticism for bad planning and wasting money. Even the Department for Transport’s own former Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Roderick Smith has called for a “root-and-branch review” of the whole project. So what’s really going on? And how does the project compare to other high speed trains across the world?

  • 14 Jul 2017

    Recycling has become a way of life in the UK. But recycling causes carbon emissions in itself – from the fuel used by collection lorries, to the energy taken to process the rubbish. So is it all worth it? FactCheck investigates.

  • 14 Jul 2017

    Behind the scenes of a general election, an army of supporters prop up the campaigns with millions of pounds. The biggest political donors include wealthy business leaders, powerful organisations and members of the nobility. But who are they, exactly? And how much of a stranglehold do they really have over politics?

  • 11 Jul 2017

    The European parliament’s Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, has criticised the UK’s proposals for EU citizens. But the government has rebuffed his criticism, claiming Verhofstadt made “a number of inaccuracies”. FactCheck looked into the detail of what is being offered.

  • 4 Jul 2017

    With North Korea claiming that it is now a ‘full-fledged nuclear power’, FactCheck assess the possibility of nuclear war. How many warheads exist around the world, and what would be the impact if they were used?

  • 3 Jul 2017

    The Open University says a skills shortage is forcing employers to inflate wages “above market rate”. The claim has been repeated in the media, but FactCheck has a few concerns about the research.

  • 28 Jun 2017

    A damning new report has criticised politicians’ efforts to improve social mobility. Here are ten key graphs that paint a picture of the problem.

  • 27 Jun 2017

    Theresa May has been accused of bribing the DUP with a ‘magic money tree’, in a £1bn deal designed to keep the Tories in government. FactCheck took a look at the details.

  • 20 Jun 2017

    With a new crop of MPs entering the House of Commons, the media has celebrated “the most diverse Parliament yet”. There are now record numbers of women, ethnic minorities and openly LGBT MPs in the Parliament (although there is still under-representation of these groups). But how about other things, like education and occupation? Do our MPs’ social…

  • 7 Jun 2017

    The Wikileaks files suggest there have been western efforts to “bring pressure” on Saudi Arabia to end its support for ISIS.

  • 2 Jun 2017

    The Conservative’s lead over Labour has tumbled in the opinion polls. Experts now believe the election will be much closer than they thought. But there’s a huge amount of variation between these polls. For instance, on 29 May an ICM survey gave the Conservatives a 12 point lead. But two days later, YouGov said the party…