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The debate is over what counts as Google's "economic activity" in the UK.

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AV Referendum: could third placed candidates end up winning?

The Prime Minister today joined forces with old adversary John Reid to recommend that Britons reject the AV system in three weeks time. But how sound is his claim that ...

Do UK immigrant workers have higher average earnings than UK born workers?

Chris Huhne this week on Question Time claimed it was a surprising reality that non-UK born workers have higher average earnings than UK-born workers. Was he right?

AV Referendum: did AV cause turnout to fall in Australian elections?

Former England cricket captain David Gower today came in to bat for No2AV today, using a column in the Sun to claim that the Australian example should caution against its ...

David Cameron immigration speech: Assessing the PM's figures

Making the case for Government policy on immigration this morning, David Cameron gave a speech using an array of immigration statistics. Were all of them accurate?

AV Referendum: do only three countries use AV?

The claim that worldwide only Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea use AV has been used by prominent 'No' campaigners for some time. But is it actually accurate?

Did the South create ten times as many private sector jobs has the North?

The Prime Minister claimed yesterday that the south of England had seen ten times as many jobs created under Labour than there were in the north of the country. Is ...

Full Fact works: The Sun corrects inaccurate story

Back in February, Full Fact alerted four national newspapers to inaccuracies in their reports which claimed that life expectancy in one South Wales estate was lower than "earthquake-hit Haiti or ...

Is wind power in the UK struggling to blow?

The Express and Daily Mail last week reported that UK wind power is failing to perform; citing research commissioned by the John Muir Trust. Full Fact looked further into the ...

Daily Mail confusion between Disability Living Allowance and Incapacity Benefit corrected

The start of this week saw the Government begin the process of sending out letters to those claiming Incapacity Benefit, inviting them to a reassessment of their capability to work. ...

Does AV lead to more spoiled ballots?

Changing the voting system we use to elect our MPs could increase the risk of voters failing to understand the system, and inadvertently returning invalid ballots, or so some of ...

Will extremist parties get more representation under AV or FPTP?

This week saw a spat between the YES and NO campaigns over whether AV or First Past the Post (FPTP) will lead to more representation in parliament for extremist parties, ...

Does AV lead to more representative governments?

AV has been put forward in this referendum as an electoral system that creates a fairer outcome at elections. Campaigners say that under AV people's votes are better represented in ...

Would AV lead to more coalition governments?

During the current referendum debate, NO campaigners have argued that AV would lead to more coalition governments. However, the YES campaign have argued that First Past the Post (FPTP) leads ...

Explaining the AV electoral system

Overview On 5th of May 2011 a UK wide referendum will ask voters: 'Do you want the United Kingdom to adopt the 'alternative vote' system instead of the current 'first ...

Does AV have a stronger constituency link than FPTP?

A big advantage of the current First Past the Post (FPTP) system is seen to be the direct connection that MPs have to the people in the constituencies that elect ...

How many seats are 'safe' and how many votes 'count' under First Past the Post?

The YES campaign have criticised the First Past the Post electoral system, saying that it results in only a minority of voters having an impact on the national outcome of ...

AV data and research sources

British Academy report: 'Choosing an Electoral System': The British Academy is the official UK body for academics in the Humanities and Social Sciences, which produces data and research in these ...

Would tactical voting end under AV?

Campaigners for a YES vote in the referendum argue that voters would no longer need to vote tactically for candidates in elections. 'Yes to fairer votes': "AV simply eliminates the ...

Do some people's votes count more than once under AV?

The central change that an AV electoral system would introduce is the possibility for voters to rank the candidates on a ballot in preference order. It is this change that ...

Does a candidate need more than 50 per cent of the vote to win under AV?

The YES campaign says that a big advantage of the AV system is that MPs have to gain the support of more than half of voters in their constituency. Jonathan ...

Speed cameras: do they cause fewer accidents and road deaths?

Thames Valley Police today announced their decision to switch back on their array of speed cameras in Oxfordshire, citing as their reason "an increase in fatalities and the number of ...

Welfare Reform Bill: were crisis loans increasing before the recession?

Full Fact's Freedom of Information request has shed some light on a dispute between Iain Duncan Smith and an SNP MP during the Welfare Reform Bill debate.

Budget 2011: how do Labour and Coalition spending plans match up?

Labour's Peter Hain yesterday told Sky News that there was a £40 billion difference between the cuts proposed by his party and those pursued by the Government. Is he right?