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The Telegraph suggested the ECHR blocked a Libyan alcoholic being deported as it was hard to buy alcohol in Libya.

A UK court, not the ECHR, blocked the deportation, saying because alcohol was available but illegal in Libya, it would risk subjecting him to detention and corporal punishment.

Telegraph mixes up courts

Transport secretary Grant Shapps claimed the average rail worker earns £44,000, in reference to strikes underway on the railways.

This is correct for all rail sector roles, but not those involved in the national rail strike. The RMT says the median salary of its rail members is £31,000.

What do rail workers earn?

The RMT union claimed money “wasted” on Test & Trace and pandemic PPE could fund the NHS for years, give every low-paid worker a real pay rise and close all food banks.

This is incorrect. Roughly £43 billion was spent on pandemic PPE and Test & Trace in total. The annual NHS England budget alone is well over £100 billion.

RMT union wrong on spending

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