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?
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.
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?
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.
A damning new report has criticised politicians’ efforts to improve social mobility. Here are ten key graphs that paint a picture of the problem.
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.
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…
The Wikileaks files suggest there have been western efforts to “bring pressure” on Saudi Arabia to end its support for ISIS.
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…
CO2 levels have not been this high for at least three million years.
Media reports say that a bad Brexit deal could double the UK health bill for British expat pensioners. But the statistics appear to be inflated.
Who has the better record on managing the economy: Labour or the Conservatives?
The prime minister has been accused of a ‘manifesto meltdown’ after U-turning on the Dementia Tax. Some of her claims don’t pass the FactCheck test.
Labour has pledged to nationalise Britain’s railways, more than 20 years after the Conservatives sold them off to the private sector. Opinion polls have repeatedly shown strong support for the idea. FactCheck took a look into the details. How would it work? Lots of the infrastructure is already publicly owned by Network Rail, which operates under…
The core school budget may be protected, but student numbers and costs are rising. In real terms, that means schools are facing the biggest funding cuts since the 1990s.