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Every misleading statement Boris Johnson has made to parliament since the general election

Boris Johnson and his ministers have made at the least 27 false statements to parliament since the 2019 general election – and have failed to right them.

An investigation by The Independent, working with Full Fact, has discovered that the prime minister made 17 of the statements, whereas 4 have been made by Matt Hancock as well being secretary, two by residence secretary Priti Patel, and one every by lawyer general Suella Braverman, tradition secretary Nadine Dorries, Afghan resettlement minister Victoria Atkins, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, chief of the House of Commons.

The figures have sparked accusations of a “crisis of honesty”. Labour accused the authorities of disrespecting the public with a “litany of lies and falsehoods”, whereas the Conservative former lawyer general Dominic Grieve mentioned the whole instructed “a disregard both for good governance and truth”.

None of the statements has been formally corrected – a course of that’s required beneath the ministerial code.

The Independent has solely included statements made both in parliament or to parliamentary committees, and has counted every false declare as soon as, even when it was repeated.

2 March 2022: Prime minister on the variety of refugees hosted by Britain

Boris Johnson claimed throughout Prime Minister’s Questions that the UK had “taken more vulnerable people fleeing theatres of conflict” since 2015 than different European international locations.

While responding to a question on Ukrainians caught in the conflict zone, he added: “The House should be proud, by the way, of what the UK has already done to take vulnerable people; I think we have taken more vulnerable people fleeing theatres of conflict since 2015 than any other country in Europe.”

What was incorrect:

The declare would solely be right if it referred solely to folks resettled by way of authorities schemes, and ignored the lots of of 1000’s of people that have been granted asylum by way of different processes or “taken” in different methods.

Downing Street confirmed that Mr Johnson’s declare was primarily based on information displaying that between 2015 and 2019 the UK had resettled extra folks than any nation in the EU – a complete of 24,670.

Home Office figures present that the UK resettled 823 folks in the year ending December 2020, and one other 1,587 folks in the year ending December 2021.

Outside of official resettlement schemes, different international locations in the EU have supplied safety to way more folks claiming asylum.

When the variety of constructive first-instance selections on asylum functions between 2015 and 2019 is in contrast, a number of EU international locations are far forward of Britain.

Germany has by far the highest whole, of 982,695, in contrast to 57,560 by the UK in the similar interval.

Yvette Cooper assaults authorities report on visas for Ukrainians

9 February 2022: Prime minister on Downing Street Christmas quiz photograph

During Prime Minister’s Questions, an MP requested Mr Johnson a couple of photograph that had just lately been revealed on-line by the Daily Mirror. Fabian Hamilton mentioned: “A photo has emerged of the prime minister in Downing Street, on 15 December 2020, surrounded by alcohol, food and people wearing tinsel. It looks a lot like one of the Christmas parties that he told us never happened.”

Mr Hamilton requested the prime minister if he can be referring the gathering to the police, because it was not amongst these beneath investigation at the moment.

The prime minister replied: “In what the honourable gentleman has just said, I am afraid he is completely in error.”

Later in the similar session, Labour MP Gerald Jones requested whether or not the prime minister would “refer the matter to the police, because it is not one of the parties that are already being investigated by the Metropolitan Police”.

Mr Johnson replied: “That is precisely the point—it already has been. That event already has been submitted for investigation.”

What was incorrect:

Mr Fabian’s question was not “completely in error”. He was correct in his description of the photograph that had been revealed, though its standing as a “Christmas party” is disputed by Downing Street.

The Metropolitan Police had initially determined that the occasion didn’t meet the threshold for felony investigation, however introduced a review of that call after the {photograph} was revealed.

A statement instructed that the picture had not beforehand been seen in materials that was referred from the separate Cabinet Office probe.

At the time of Mr Johnson’s statement, the 15 December 2020 occasion had not been investigated by the Metropolitan Police. It has to date introduced the issuing of 20 fines over the gatherings beneath investigation.

Boris Johnson confronted over photograph of open champagne bottle at No 10 quiz

3 February: Jacob Rees-Mogg calls the morning-after tablet an ‘abortifacient’

In response to Labour MP Dame Diana Johnson, who talked about that Boots has lowered the worth of its morning after tablet, the Leader of the House mentioned: “ The right honourable Lady cannot expect me to speak in favour of abortifacients.” Mr Rees-Mogg has beforehand spoken about his opposition to abortion due to his Catholic religion.

What was incorrect:

The medical definition of an abortifacient is a drug, chemical preparation, and even herb that induces an abortion.

But the morning after tablet doesn’t induce an abortion. It prevents being pregnant from occurring after unprotected intercourse by delaying the launch of an egg (ovulation).

This is why it’s referred to as emergency contraception, and is completely different from a medical abortion, induced by what’s generally described as the abortion tablet. They are two completely different drugs.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), says: “[Emergency contraception] prevents pregnancy, but it cannot end a pregnancy nor damage an existing pregnancy.”

2 February 2022: Home secretary suggests people who find themselves not Syrian or Afghan are ‘economic migrants’

In an proof session held by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, the residence secretary was questioned on the authorities’s technique for lowering small boat crossings and offering different routes.

Conservative MP Tim Loughton requested what protected and authorized routes have been accessible for asylum seekers who didn’t qualify for resettlement schemes concentrating on Afghans and Syrians.

Mr Loughton requested: “If you are not Syrian or Afghani, what safe and legal routes are available now?”

Ms Patel replied: “Economic migrants do not need safe and legal routes because they should be claiming asylum in many of the other countries that they are travelling through, rather than doing the asylum shopping that we see taking place … the majority of them [crossing the English Channel] are people who are not claiming asylum or fleeing persecution.”

What was incorrect:

The Home Office’s most recent asylum statistics, launched in November, mentioned “almost all” individuals who arrive on small boats declare asylum.

Two thirds of all functions have been granted on the first choice, whereas half of appeals have been profitable.

The report mentioned there have been greater than 37,500 asylum functions in the year to September 2020, relating to 44,000 males, girls and kids primarily from Iran, Eritrea, Albania, Iraq and Syria.

“The increase in applications is likely linked, in part, to the easing of global travel restrictions that were in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to an increase in small boat arrivals to the UK (of which almost all claim asylum),” it added.

A bunch of individuals thought to be migrants are introduced in to Dover, Kent, by Border Force officers

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31 January 2022: Prime minister claims crime has fallen by 14 per cent

Following a statement on Sue Gray’s redacted interim report on events held at Downing Street throughout Covid restrictions, the prime minister listed his authorities’s achievements and claimed it had been “cutting crime by 14 per cent”.

He repeated the declare a second time later in the debate, when requested whether or not extra criminals have been getting away with crimes, saying: “What we are actually doing is cutting crime by 14 per cent and putting 20,000 more police on the streets.”

What was incorrect:

The prime minister appeared to be referring to statistics from the Crime Survey of England and Wales, which makes use of folks’s reported experiences of crime relatively than these recorded by police.

In the year to September, in contrast with the year to September 2019, the survey confirmed a 14 per cent enhance in whole crime. The figures have been solely down by 14 per cent if surging fraud and computer misuse are excluded from the whole.

The Office for National Statistcs (ONS) mentioned the crime survey was not a dependable measure of high-harm crimes, comparable to critical violence, that are higher measured by police figures.

“The number of incidents decreased for many types of crime during periods of national lockdowns,” its report added. “However, police-recorded crime data show indications that over the last six months, certain offence types are returning to or exceeding the levels seen before the pandemic.”

The error resulted in the Liberal Democrats complaining to the UK Statistics Authority, which mentioned “ONS measures of crime must be used accurately, and not misrepresented”.

Chair Sir David Norgrove mentioned he would write to the prime minister’s office, saying Mr Johnson “did not make clear” that the determine excluded fraud and computer misuse.

“The ONS bulletin quite properly includes fraud and computer misuse in total crime,” he added.

Separate figures launched by the Home Office on the similar day confirmed that prosecution rate for all crimes had hit a report low in England and Wales, which means that extra criminals may very well be “getting away with crimes” as the prime minister was requested.

The prime minister mentioned ‘What we are actually doing is cutting crime by 14 per cent and putting 20,000 more police on the streets’

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31 January 2022: Prime minister blames Sir Keir Starmer for ‘failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile’

During the similar debate, following a statement on Sue Gray’s report on Downing Street events, attacked the Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer.

He mentioned: “This leader of the opposition, a former Director of Public Prosecutions—although he spent most of his time prosecuting journalists and failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile, as far as I can make out – chose to use this moment continually to prejudge a police inquiry.”

What was incorrect:

Sir Keir was director of public prosecutions from 2008 to 2013, main the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

A report revealed in 2013 discovered an opportunity to convict Savile for intercourse offences towards three victims when he was alive was missed as a result of police and prosecutors didn’t take the claims critically sufficient.

Sir Keir performed no position in the choice not to prosecute Savile, however as head of the CPS he apologised on behalf of the organisation.

Mr Johnson has refused to withdraw the declare, regardless of calls from MPs of all events after it was repeated by anti-vaxx protesters who mobbed Sir Keir in Westminster days after his statement.

His time main the CPS additionally noticed a collection of journalists prosecuted for cellphone hacking, though it’s unclear whether or not Sir Keir personally introduced these expenses, or how they may have taken up “most of his time” throughout his five-year time period as director of public prosecutions.

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19 January 2022: Prime minister claims the UK is able to producing 80 per cent of its PPE

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson claimed the UK is now able to producing 80 per cent of its personal personal protecting gear (PPE).

“People across government have been working flat out to protect the British public with huge quantities of personal protective equipment, so we can now make 80 per cent of it in this country,” he mentioned, later including: “Thanks to the efforts of people across Whitehall, this country is now capable of producing 80 per cent of our own PPE.”

What was incorrect:

The declare seems to be primarily based on a snapshot determine masking the brief interval from 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021 when, in accordance to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the UK-produced provide of PPE constituted 82 per cent of anticipated demand.

Full Fact may discover no newer equal figures, and was instructed by spokespeople each for Number 10 and the DHSC that these have been the most just lately accessible figures – regardless of being virtually a year old-fashioned.

The declare that the UK produces 80 per cent of its personal demand for PPE is misleading as the determine doesn’t embrace gloves.

According to the National Audit Office, the DHSC estimated that 19.6 million gloves can be wanted every day to deal with the Covid-19 disaster as of April 2020. The similar doc says that each one the different PPE wanted (together with aprons, masks and eye safety), quantity to 24.5 million objects—which means gloves made up virtually half of the whole.

The prime minister claimed the UK was able to producing 80 per cent of its personal personal protecting gear

(PA Wire)

13 January 2022: Prime minister claims the UK has ‘the fastest growing economy in the G7’

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson claimed the UK was the quickest rising economic system in the G7, which is a bunch of superior world economies together with Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA.

It was considered one of a number of occasions the prime minister made the declare to parliament throughout latest weeks.

What was incorrect:

The declare is just true for the change between the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2021.

The UK’s progress was fifth when evaluating the second and third quarters of 2021 and over the course of the pandemic to date (between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the third quarter of 2021), the UK’s economic system has skilled the second worst progress amongst the G7, contracting by 1.5 per cent.

Additionally, financial progress figures for the UK and different international locations are usually not fully comparable due to the method through which the UK calculates the output of its well being and schooling sectors.

6 January 2022: Suella Braverman and Victoria Atkins declare Channel crossings are unlawful

During separate debates in the House of Commons, each the lawyer general and Afghan resettlement minister labelled small boat crossings in the English Channel “illegal”.

In a debate on the Nationality and Borders Bill’s compatibility with worldwide regulation, Ms Braverman mentioned: “We need to take tangible action to deal with the problem of illegal migrants crossing our Channel … to get on an illegally manned vessel and to try to break through our borders illegitimately is dangerous, immoral and unlawful.”

The lawyer general mentioned the authorities’s Nationality and Borders Bill would “stop the illegal and dangerous trafficking of illegal migrants”.

In a separate debate held the similar day on the Afghan residents’ resettlement scheme, Ms Atkins mentioned she understood an MPs’ “concerns about illegal migration – the flimsy boats across the Channel.”

What was incorrect:

Home Office figures present that “almost all” migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats are asylum seekers.

Under British regulation, folks should be current in the nation so as to declare asylum, and attempting to attain the nation for that function shouldn’t be an unlawful act.

There isn’t any asylum visa and campaigners say current resettlement schemes are inadequate, however the authorities has rebuffed calls to increase protected and authorized routes.

The predominantly France-based folks smugglers who organise small boat crossings are committing offences, however it’s not at the moment a criminal offense to make the journey as a passenger.

The position has been clarified by a collection of authorized challenges at the Court of Appeal, which has to date quashed the convictions of 12 asylum seekers who have been wrongly jailed for steering dinghies.

Judges discovered the Home Office had adopted a “heresy about the law”, and operated beneath the mistaken perception that each one small boat passengers had dedicated the offence of unlawful entry.

On 21 December, Lord Justice Edis mentioned: “As the law presently stands, an asylum seeker who merely attempts to arrive at the frontiers of the United Kingdom in order to make a claim is not entering or attempting to enter the country unlawfully.”

The senior decide mentioned that though the authorities was attempting to allow the prosecution of passengers on intercepted dinghies with the Nationality and Borders Bill, such crossings are usually not at the moment unlawful.

Priti Patel questioned about Court of Appeal ruling on Channel crossings

5 January 2022: Prime minister denies beforehand saying that fears about inflation have been ‘unfounded’

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson denied beforehand saying that fears about inflation have been “unfounded”.

Labour’s deputy chief Angela Rayner, who was standing in for Sir Keir Starmer following a constructive Covid take a look at, mentioned: “In October, the Prime Minister said that fears about inflation were ‘unfounded’, but working people across the country are starting the new year facing rising bills and ballooning prices, so how did he get it so wrong?”

The prime minister replied: “Of course, I said no such thing, because inflation is always something that we have to be careful about.”

What was incorrect:

During an interview with Sky News on 5 October 2021, Mr Johnson was requested: “Are you worried about inflation?”

He mentioned: “People have been worrying about inflation for a very long time. I’m looking at robust economic growth, and by the way those fears have been unfounded.”

This was broadly coated at the time, along with his use of the phrase “unfounded” reported as a touch upon the present scenario at the time he spoke.

Number 10 didn’t reply when contacted by Full Fact for remark. However on 12 January, Labour MP Ruth Cadbury requested Mr Johnson throughout the following week’s Prime Minister’s Questions if he would right the report and apologise for saying he mentioned “no such thing”.

Mr Johnson replied: “No, because I immediately said in my answer to the question that of course we have to be concerned about inflation at all times. What I said, I think on TV, was that some of the predictions then about inflation had not proved well-founded, but clearly inflation is a serious risk.”

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5 January 2022: Prime minister will get Warm Home low cost scheme figures unsuitable

During Prime Minister’s Questions on 5 January, Boris Johnson twice claimed that the Warm Home low cost scheme helps households with a £140-per-week discount on their power invoice.

“What the government are doing is supporting people throughout the pandemic: 2.2 million people supported with the Warm Home discount, worth £140 per week,” he mentioned.

Mr Johnson then repeated the declare in response to questions from Labour’s deputy chief Angela Rayner, saying: “Let me remind her that the Warm Home discount already supports 2.2 million people to the tune of £140 a week”.

What was incorrect:

The Warm Home low cost scheme gives some low-income households a one-off low cost of £140 straight on their power invoice between October and March. This means the low cost is price £140 over a complete winter, not each week.

5 January 2022: Prime minister claims revenue inequality is falling

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson claimed financial inequality is falling. “If we look at the statistics, we see that economic inequality is down in this country. Income inequality is down and poverty is down,” he instructed MPs.

What was incorrect:

Income inequality is commonly measured utilizing one thing often known as the Gini coefficient, which measures inequality on a proportion scale, the place 0 per cent can be a society the place everybody earns the similar quantity, whereas 100 per cent can be the place one particular person earned all the pieces.

The Department for Work and Pensions says revenue inequality was steady between 2018-19 and 2019-20, at 35 per cent earlier than housing prices are taken under consideration, and 39 per cent after they’ve been taken under consideration. However, the division additionally famous that revenue inequality has been steadily rising since 2011.

The most up-to-date information from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which measures revenue inequality in the same method utilizing a special survey, says: “In the period leading up to financial year ending 2020 (April 2019 to March 2020), just before the coronavirus pandemic, income inequality steadily increased to 36.3 per cent..

“This was the highest reported measure of income inequality over the 10-year period leading up to the financial year ending (FYE) 2020.”

The ONS added: “The gap between the richest in society and the rest of the population has widened over the 10-year period; the income share of the richest 1 per cent increased from 7 per cent to 8.3 per cent between FYE 2011 and FYE 2020.”

The Equality Trust instructed Full Fact that there is no such thing as a standard measure which reveals revenue inequality falling prior to the pandemic.

Boris Johnson claimed that financial inequality was falling and that poverty was decrease

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15 December 2021: Prime minister says the proportion of the UK’s inhabitants with a Covid booster jab is double that of different European international locations

During prime minister’s questions, he instructed MPs: “We have done almost double the percentage of any other European country. We have boosted 86 per cent of the over-80s in this country and 91 per cent of those aged 75 to 79. That is an astonishing achievement.”

What was incorrect:

It seems the prime minister might have meant to refer to the European Union common. Later that day, he mentioned: “The UK as a whole now has twice as many boosters per head as the EU”. This is right.

The newest figures accessible at the time from Our World in Data, masking 12 to 14 December, confirmed that Iceland had boosted extra of its inhabitants 54 per cent, in contrast to the UK on 25 per cent..

1 December 2021: Prime minister says Covid steering was adopted at Christmas gathering

At Prime Minister’s Questions, the Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer requested: “As millions of people were locked down, was a Christmas party thrown in Downing Street for dozens of people on 18 December 2020?”

Boris Johnson replied: “All guidance was followed completely in Number 10.”

Sir Keir continued to press, saying that at the time, authorities steering said that “you must not have a work Christmas lunch or party”.

Mr Johnson responded: “I have said what I have said about Number 10 and the events of 12 months ago.”

What was incorrect:

The social gathering, which was first reported by the media, is considered one of at the least a dozen Downing Street and Whitehall gatherings at the moment beneath police investigation. The probe has to date resulted in 20 fines for breaches of Covid legal guidelines.

The legal guidelines in place at the time have been much less strict than the steering, which Mr Johnson claimed to have adopted.

Government steering was not legally binding, and compliance is being assessed by the Cabinet Office relatively than police.

Sue Gray’s redacted interim report didn’t give particulars of the 18 December 2020 occasion, due to the ongoing police investigation, however general findings said: “At least some of the gatherings in question represent a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of government but also of the standards expected of the entire British population at the time.”

The report, confirmed that since Tier 2 restrictions had come into pressure in London on 2 December 2020 indoor gatherings have been banned until particular exemptions utilized.

It mentioned that at the time, authorities steering said: “Although there are exemptions for work purposes, you must not have a work Christmas lunch or party, where that is a primarily social activity and is not otherwise permitted by the rules in your tier.”

Boris Johnson is weathering allegations of events inside No 10 throughout Covid restrictions

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29 November 2021: Culture secretary says Channel 4 is ‘in receipt of taxpayers’ money’

Nadine Dorries instructed a choose committee listening to at the House of Commons that Channel 4 was “in receipt of public money”. On one other event throughout the similar listening to she mentioned it was “in receipt of taxpayers’ money”.

What was incorrect:

The Treasury classifies Channel 4 as a “self financing public corporation”. In order to meet this definition, a public company “must trade profitably and not require subsidies or other financial support from its parent department”.

Channel 4 is a “public corporation”, which fully funds itself by way of business actions, primarily promoting. The most up-to-date year’s figures present that the channel generated a pre-tax surplus.

In a tweet following the listening to, Ms Dorries elaborated on her feedback by saying: “C4 borrowings sit on the Gov balance sheet. Gov has no money of its own, it’s tax payer derived. This is part of the debate re privatisation decision/ future sustainability.”

It’s true that Channel 4’s borrowing counts as authorities borrowing however Full Fact may discover no proof of the authorities ever having to cover the channel’s money owed.

Channel 4 additionally pays tax to the authorities, so it might be a web contributor to the public purse.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries claimed that Channel 4 receives funding from the taxpayer

(PA Wire)

24 November 2021: Prime minister claims extra persons are in work than at the begin of the pandemic

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson mentioned: “There are more people in work than there were before the pandemic began.”

He repeated the similar declare in parliament on 1 December and 15 December, and once more on 5 January, in addition to in media interviews. It was additionally taken up by different Conservative MPs.

What was incorrect:

Full Fact complained to the UK Statistics Authority over the repeated claims, leading to a letter being despatched to Downing Street on the “importance of unambiguous public statements on employment”.

In a response to Full Fact, official Ed Humpherson mentioned: “It is disappointing to see incorrect claims about the number of people in work repeated on multiple occasions.

“The statements referred to the number of UK workers on employer payrolls. This does not represent all employed people, for example, it excludes most self-employed and those whose jobs are not part of company payroll.

“ONS data on the number of people in employment estimates that for January – March 2020 there were 33.0m people in employment compared with 32.5m people in employment for September – November 2021 (the latest available data at the time the Prime Minister’s statements were made).”

The prime minister mentioned ‘There are more people in work than there were before the pandemic began’ throughout PMQs in November 2021

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22 November 2021: Home secretary claims 70 per cent of individuals crossing the English Channel are ‘economic migrants’

Following an pressing question on Channel crossings in small boats in the House of Commons, Priti Patel repeatedly claimed that 70 per cent of individuals arriving have been “economic migrants”.

She was challenged by an MP who pointed to a latest Refugee Council report discovering that the overwhelming majority have been asylum seekers, however replied: “In the interests of accuracy, 70 per cent of people crossing are single men and they are economic migrants.”

What was incorrect:

The Home Office’s most up-to-date asylum statistics, launched in November, mentioned “almost all” individuals who arrive on small boats declare asylum.

Two thirds of all functions have been granted on the first choice, whereas half of appeals have been profitable.

The report mentioned there have been greater than 37,500 asylum functions in the year to September 2020, relating to 44,000 males, girls and kids primarily from Iran, Eritrea, Albania, Iraq and Syria.

“The increase in applications is likely linked, in part, to the easing of global travel restrictions that were in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to an increase in small boat arrivals to the UK (of which almost all claim asylum),” it added.

Additionally, travelling alone or being single – i.e. “single” – or being a person doesn’t have an effect on somebody’s refugee standing.

A bunch of individuals thought to be migrants are introduced in to Dover

(PA Wire)

7 July 2021: Prime minister says hyperlink between Covid an infection and dying has been severed

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson mentioned: “It is certainly true that we are seeing a wave of cases because of the delta variant, but scientists are also absolutely clear that we have severed the link between infection and serious disease and death.”

What was incorrect:

Vaccination is extremely efficient towards the worst results of Covid-19, however it’s not completely efficient. Recent information from Public Health England reveals that even absolutely vaccinated folks do generally get critically sick with the illness and have continued to die.

It is subsequently not proper to say that the hyperlink has been fully “severed” between an infection and critical illness or dying, though it has actually been severely weakened.

22 Oct 2020: Health secretary says younger persons are extra seemingly to develop lengthy Covid

Matt Hancock instructed the House of Commons: “We have two points of evidence; one is the evidence from King’s College London that shows that approximately one in 20 people with coronavirus is likely to have long-term symptoms, but the other evidence implies that in adults under 50, the proportion is more like one in 10. There seems to be some correlation that implies that it is more of a problem among younger people but the understanding of long Covid is still in its early stages and an awful lot more research is needed.”

He additionally mentioned that “there appears to be no correlation between the seriousness of someone’s initial illness and how long they can have these debilitating consequences.”

What was incorrect:

The longer-term results of Covid are nonetheless poorly understood, however the proof talked about by Mr Hancock didn’t assist his declare at the time and instructed the reverse.

According to the King’s College examine, youthful folks and people with milder signs have been much less seemingly to be affected by lengthy Covid.

On 21 October 2020, an evaluation of knowledge from the Covid Symptom Study app instructed the proportion of individuals experiencing signs lasting greater than 28 days rose from 9.9 per cent amongst 18-49 year olds to 21.9 per cent amongst these aged 70 or extra. A chart in the paper reveals that the rate was additionally greater amongst folks of their 50s and 60s.

Based on the proof from the app, Mr Hancock was additionally unsuitable to say that there was “no correlation” between the severity of the preliminary sickness and the size of the signs afterwards.

Matt Hancock disagreed with Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth about take a look at and hint figures

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8 September 2020: Health secretary wrongly denies take a look at and hint figures

While clashing with the shadow well being secretary in the House of Commons about the efficiency of NHS Test and Trace in England, Matt Hancock disagreed with some statistics.

Jonathan Ashworth claimed that solely 69.4 per cent of recognized contacts have been reached and requested to self-isolate, which the well being secretary denied.

What was incorrect:

Mr Ashworth was proper. The most up-to-date at the time confirmed that 69.4 per cent of recognized contacts of people that had examined constructive for Covid-19 have been reached by the service between 20 August and 26 August.

The determine refers solely to shut contacts recognized by the tracing system, not all the precise shut contacts that folks with constructive checks might have had.

16 July 2020: Health secretary insists on the unsuitable date for begin of lockdown

In response to solutions the authorities had carried out a coronavirus lockdown too slowly at the begin of the pandemic, Matt Hancock instructed parliament: “The 16th of March is the day that I came to this House and said that all unnecessary social contact should cease. That is precisely when the lockdown was started.”

In response to additional questions, he repeated the date and mentioned: “That is when the lockdown truly started.”

What was incorrect:

There isn’t any official definition of what a “lockdown” is, however the order to keep at residence and accompanying lockdown legal guidelines didn’t come into pressure till later in March.

Also on 16 March 2020, the prime minister had known as for folks to cease “non-essential contact” in a televised statement, however known as it “advice”.

It was not till 23 March 2020 that Mr Johnson instructed folks they “must” keep at residence and mentioned that “we will immediately” shut some companies.

The Health Protection Regulations, which enforced the lockdown in regulation, got here into pressure at 1pm on 26 March 2020.

Major cities have been just about cleared of the typical site visitors jams throughout the first lockdown


10 June 2020: Prime minister overstates the variety of faculties with pupils returning

During Prime Minister’s Questions on 10 June, Boris Johnson mentioned: “There are some countries in the EU where no primary school kids are going back to school … 97 per cent of the schools that have submitted data are now seeing kids come back to school.”

What was incorrect:

Data revealed by the Department for Education reveals that on that day, 69 per cent of the main and nursery faculties in England which submitted information have been open to returning kids. On common, throughout the first week of reopening, the quantity was 49 per cent.

Full Fact requested Number 10 the place Mr Johnson’s determine got here from and didn’t acquired a reply. It appears to refer to what number of main faculties have been open in any kind, together with those who remained open solely to susceptible or key employee kids.

These faculties have been subsequently not “now seeing kids come back”, as the prime minister mentioned.

3 June 2020: Prime minister makes incorrect declare on Covid testing speeds

When requested how far the authorities had progressed in the direction of delivering on its goal to course of Covid-19 checks inside 24 hours in the House of Commons, Mr Johnson responded: “The tests conducted at the 199 testing centres, as well as the mobile test centres, are all done within 24 hours, and I can undertake to him now to get all tests turned around in 24 hours by the end of June, except for difficulties with postal tests or insuperable problems like that.”

What was incorrect:

Far from “all” checks being accomplished inside 24 hours, the proportion of individuals in England receiving their take a look at consequence inside 24 hours of taking their take a look at in the week to 3 June 2020 was 19 per cent at regional take a look at websites, 5 per cent at cellular testing models and and 6 per cent at satellite tv for pc take a look at centres.

Data confirming the prime minister has missed his pledge for all checks (besides residence checks and satellite tv for pc centre checks) to be rotated inside 24 hours by the finish of June was revealed on 9 July 2020.

In the final week of June, 92 per cent of checks at regional take a look at websites and 90 per cent of checks at cellular testing models have been processed inside 24 hours.

11 May 2020: Prime minister mistakenly says Covid-19 could be monitored by way of the water provide

During a statement on the authorities’s Covid-19 technique, Boris Johnson spoke about an alert system that will enable for the detection and administration of “flare ups” in native instances.

“The intention is that the Covid alert system, in time, will be sufficiently sensitive and flexible to detect local flare-ups, so that, for instance, if the Covid is detected in the water supply of a certain town or in a school in an area, steps can be taken,” he instructed the House of Commons.

What was incorrect:

There was some proof displaying that genetic materials from the coronavirus may very well be detected in wastewater and researchers in a number of international locations have been assessing whether or not this may very well be used as an early-warning software.

There was no proof that Covid-19 could be present in handled water. A briefing by the World Health Organisation, revealed on 23 April 2020, said that Covid-19 has not been detected in ingesting water and “the risk of coronaviruses to water supplies is low.”

A Downing Street spokesperson instructed Full Fact that Mr Johnson misspoke, and meant to say wastewater, not water provide. The spokesperson mentioned the alert scheme would contain monitoring ranges of Covid-19 an infection in the inhabitants by way of sewage.

Boris Johnson spoke about an alert system that will enable for the detection of ‘flare ups’ in native Covid instances


5 May 2020: Health secretary claims ballot signifies 80 per cent of Isle of Wight residents would obtain Covid app

When being questioned on authorities plans to trial a Covid contact tracing app on the Isle of Wight, Matt Hancock instructed parliament: “According to a very early poll, 80 per cent of people on the Isle of Wight want to download it.”

What was incorrect:

He later clarified that the ballot was accomplished by Isle of Wight Radio and the Department of Health and Social Care instructed Full Fact it was a vote on Facebook.

There was no method of telling if the outcomes, displaying 79 per cent of respondents saying they might obtain the app, represented the precise views of residents of the Isle of Wight.

Representative sampling, ensures that respondents lived in the Isle of Wight, and different safeguards usually used for polls utilized by the authorities weren’t in place.

Between 10 and 13 April 2020, pollsters Ipsos-MORI, surveyed British adults and located 65% supported cell phone service suppliers giving the authorities roaming information to monitor Covid-19 instances.

A message asking the recipient to self-isolate displayed on the NHS coronavirus contact tracing app

(PA Wire)

29 January 2020: Prime minister makes incorrect declare on financial progress

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson mentioned: “The economy, under this Conservative Government, has grown by 73 per cent.”

What was incorrect:

There are quite a few methods to measure the economic system, however considered one of the commonest is to take a look at Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is the whole worth of all the pieces that occurs inside a rustic’s economic system.

Under Conservative-led governments since 2010, the UK’s GDP had grown by round 20 per cent, not 73 per cent as Mr Johnson mentioned. We’ve requested his office for extra info.

The 73 per cent determine was how a lot the economic system grew between 1990 and 2017, which comprised 13 years of Labour authorities, greater than 10 years of Conservative authorities and 5 years of the coalition.

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