Law

Fact checks about UK law, how legal systems work, justice and human rights.

14 January 2022

Claims on ‘Colston Four’ case leave out key questions the jury had to answer

Claims that what the four defendants admitted to did legally amount to criminal damage omit key parts of the definition of the offence.

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Claims on ‘Colston Four’ case leave out key questions the jury had to answer
14 December 2021

Laws can be made without a parliamentary vote, contrary to the health secretary’s claim

New Covid face mask rules, for example, came into force before Parliament voted on the matter.

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Laws can be made without a parliamentary vote, contrary to the health secretary’s claim
13 December 2021

No evidence asylum seekers have used pets to argue against deportation

A previously debunked claim about people being granted the right to live in the UK because they own a pet here has reappeared.

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No evidence asylum seekers have used pets to argue against deportation
8 December 2021

Do police normally investigate things that happened a year ago?

Asked about an alleged party at Downing Street during lockdown, Dominic Raab claimed police ‘don’t normally’ investigate alleged offences which took place a year ago.

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Do police normally investigate things that happened a year ago?
8 November 2021

Poll didn’t indicate the majority want a new Covid-19 lockdown

There is no indication that the poll, carried out amongst Independent readers, included a representative sample of respondents.

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Poll didn’t indicate the majority want a new Covid-19 lockdown
20 October 2021

Canada is not implementing a social credit scheme

A Facebook post falsely claims a scheme that monitors the actions of businesses and citizens and uses financial sanctions as punishments will soon be used in Canada.

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Canada is not implementing a social credit scheme
13 October 2021

No, the ‘P’ on your passport does not stand for ‘peasant’

A Facebook post falsely claims that the capital ‘P’ which appears on passports under “type” stands for “peasants”.

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No, the ‘P’ on your passport does not stand for ‘peasant’
12 October 2021

No evidence New South Wales Premier resigned over bribes from Pfizer or AstraZeneca

While Australian politician Gladys Berejiklian has resigned recently it has nothing to do with vaccinations.

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No evidence New South Wales Premier resigned over bribes from Pfizer or AstraZeneca
11 October 2021

You can still park on the pavement in Wales

The Welsh government is planning to give councils more power to fine problem parkers from July next year, but doesn’t plan to pursue an outright ban.

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You can still park on the pavement in Wales
28 September 2021

Chevening isn’t 'taxpayer-funded' in the usual sense

It’s paid for by a public trust—but that trust is exempt from income tax and appears to have received at least some taxpayer money in the past.

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Chevening isn’t 'taxpayer-funded' in the usual sense

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