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In Prime Minister’s Questions this week, Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “In October, the Prime Minister said that fears about inflation were unfounded. Mr Johnson replied that he had “of course” said “no such thing”

This is not true. During an interview with Sky News on 5 October 2021, the Prime Minister said: “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.”

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A number of posts on Facebook show people putting tap water on lateral flow tests, either to claim that Covid-19 could be present in the water supply or to suggest the tests don’t work.

These videos simply show the person in the video incorrectly using, and therefore breaking, the test. Lateral flow tests are unlikely to give a false positive result if used correctly.

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Breitbart has reported that the Guardian deactivated a “Person of the Year” poll shortly after Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took the lead. It has suggested that this was due to contentious views held by the author.

The Guardian did not run a “poll”. It asked readers to contribute their own “Person of the Year” suggestions. There's no clear evidence Ms Rowling was leading the “poll” and nothing to suggest the request for submissions was closed for this reason.

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