Get the facts: Law

24 July 2020

Many children have been the victims of grooming gangs, but there’s no evidence for a figure of one million

And we can’t objectively compare the public response with Black Lives Matter

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Many children have been the victims of grooming gangs, but there’s no evidence for a figure of one million
24 June 2020

Footballers aren’t banned from wearing the poppy

The poppy has always been allowed in the Premier League. It was banned in international fixtures but this ban has been lifted.

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Footballers aren’t banned from wearing the poppy
27 May 2020

What did the lockdown rules say when Dominic Cummings travelled to Durham?

Some of his choices were not specifically permitted, and it appears that he did not fully explore the alternatives, as was required.

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What did the lockdown rules say when Dominic Cummings travelled to Durham?
9 April 2020

The 5G And Beyond Act is not a British law

Nor is it about speeding up 5G installation.

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The 5G And Beyond Act is not a British law
27 February 2020

Iceland has not declared that all religions are mental disorders

A satirical article falsely claims Iceland has declared all religions to be mental disorders.

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Iceland has not declared that all religions are mental disorders
18 February 2020

Justice spending is down 25% since 2010, not 40%

The government did announce a real terms reduction of 40% to the Ministry of Justice but ultimately reduced funding by 25% between 2010/11 and 2019/20.

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Justice spending is down 25% since 2010, not 40%
21 January 2020

There’s limited evidence that lie detectors will be effective on terror offenders

Lie detectors aren’t accurate, but that’s not the only measure of their worth.

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There’s limited evidence that lie detectors will be effective on terror offenders
10 January 2020

How long do murderers serve in prison?

Over half of murderers released from prison have served between 11 and 18 years in custody.

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How long do murderers serve in prison?
11 December 2019

Usman Khan and sentencing terror offences

After the London Bridge attack, there's been a debate over how people in the UK are sentenced for terror offences, in particular Usman Khan, the attacker.

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Usman Khan and sentencing terror offences
2 December 2019

The BBC and ITV seven-party debates, fact checked

We fact check the key claims and major topics from the BBC and ITV seven-party debates, including the NHS, Brexit, poverty, immigration and criminal justice.

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The BBC and ITV seven-party debates, fact checked
30 October 2019

This image claiming there are four million 17 year-olds who’ll be able to vote in the election is not about the UK

The image is about the US. There are only around 725,000 17 year-olds in the UK.

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This image claiming there are four million 17 year-olds who’ll be able to vote in the election is not about the UK
9 October 2019

More prisoners to be released two thirds of the way through sentence than halfway

The government pledged to mandate serious criminals spending two thirds of their sentence in prison. Judges already have discretion to impose this.

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More prisoners to be released two thirds of the way through sentence than halfway

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