Emma Thelwell

  • 12 Sep 2012

    It’s that nagging women’s issue the PM just can’t seem to get away from: female employment. Just how many women have got jobs since the election – is Mr Cameron right that the number is on the rise?

  • 21 Aug 2012

    What’s the difference between the government’s new “Healthcare UK” plan to export NHS experitise abroad, and Labour’s NHS Global plan? Plagued by a sense of déjà-vu, FactCheck dons its white coat.

  • 10 May 2012

    Jim Murphy has challenged the government to “come clean” about how much its aircraft carrier u-turn has cost the taxpayer – which he’d heard could be as much as £250m. “This is an embarrassing shambles,” he said, after Defence Secretary Philip Hammond went from outlining a bill of something between £40m-£50m only to admit later that it could be as much as £100m. Mr Hammond insisted however that the bill would be “much less than £250m”. Who’s right? FactCheck investigates.

  • 9 May 2012

    It was a short Queen’s Speech, and for some not a very sweet one – with the government taking a beating for making no mention of some key policies. Is it the Lib Dems’ fault as Mr Cameron claims? FactCheck looks at what was missing in the Speech and why.

  • 8 May 2012

    couple of days after the budget, with rows raging about the “granny tax” and George Osborne’s decision to help the super-rich by cutting the 50p rate, the PM had what seemed like a smart idea. Number 10 decided to bring forward plans to increase the price of cheap alcohol, to tackle binge drinking and what David Cameron called “the mayhem on our streets”. According to Mr Cameron cheap booze is causing a “scourge of violence” – a million violent crimes and more than a million hospital admissions each year. Setting a minimum unit price (MUP) would, he promised, provide “a big part of the answer”. But I’ve found out that just four days before he made his announcement, he’d been warned by one of his own ministers that the policy could well be illegal. Was the PM right to go ahead or should he have listened to his colleague?

  • 3 May 2012

    Playing down the meltdown at Heathrow’s border control earlier this week, Damian Green told MPs: “I stress to the House that our information shows that queuing times bore no resemblance to some of the wilder suggestions.” But with these “wilder suggestions” coming from the airlines and passengers themselves, it’s little wonder that British Airways’ chief executive Willie Walsh accused the minister was “misleading” the public over the extent of waiting times at passport control. Mr Walsh told Channel 4 News: “I think he was certainly misleading when he told people that the maximum queue was 90 minutes when we know it went well beyond that – and not just on one occasion.” Who’s right? FactCheck jets in.

  • 2 May 2012

    There have been tears, laughter, and the odd stray F-word. The London mayoral race has been high on emotion and more than usually bad-tempered. Boris Johnson has been slightly more careful with his facts, choosing to deal in aspirations rather than promises. Ken Livingstone has made some extravagant claims which have landed him in hot water. Here’s the verdict from FactCheck HQ on a very irritable election.

  • 30 Apr 2012

    Follow David Cameron’s statement to the House of Commons on Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s handling of the failed BSkyB bid with Channel 4 News’s live blog. You can watch the Prime Minister’s statement or read updates here.

  • 27 Apr 2012

    Is UKIP’s Nigel Farage right about immigrants snapping up all the social housing? “All you have to do now if you come from Eastern Europe, all you have to do is to get a national insurance number – which you can get easily within a fortnight – and then you qualify automatically for social housing,” he said. FactCheck investigates.

  • 26 Apr 2012

    On his second day of giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry, Rupert Murdoch will face questions over the allegations of phone hacking and bribery at the heart of the scandal that led to the closure of the News of the World. Follow all the action with Channel 4 News’ live blog and have your say here.

  • 25 Apr 2012

    Rupert Murdoch appears before the Leveson Inquiry, following his son James’ appearance yesterday which unearthed evidence that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt ‘secretly supported’ News Corp’s bid for BSkyB. Mr Murdoch Snr is due to take the stand today from 10am to 4.30pm and on Thursday. We’ll be live blogging all the action here and you can have your say on the day’s events as they unfold in the box below.

  • 24 Apr 2012

    James Murdoch appears before the Leveson Inquiry today, ahead of his father Rupert who will give evidence for two days on Wednesday and Thursday. Murdoch Jnr is due up before the Inquiry between 10am and 4.30pm. We’ll be live blogging all the action here and you can have your say on the day’s events as they unfold in the box below.

  • 20 Apr 2012

    As the bitter battle for London’s City Hall rumbles on, Ken Livingstone threw in an old claim about affordable housing. But was it a good one? Team Boris didn’t think so. Pinging an email through to FactCheck, Boris’ camp labelled Mr Livingstone’s statement as a “false claim”. They added: “The London Development Database reports that there were actually 2,240 affordable starts over the same six month figures (April and September 2011)”. Who’s right? FactCheck homes in.

  • 19 Apr 2012

    Earlier this month the Lib Dem HQ advertised its internship scheme for 2012 – FactCheck investigates how far it promotes “socially mobility”.

  • 12 Apr 2012

    How many of UKIP’s manifesto pledges could Lawrence Webb actually force through it he was to become Mayor of London? FactCheck puts a selection to the test.