General election 2019: ‘Misleading’ Abbott tweet used in Labour campaign


Diane Abbott is coating criticism for posting a “misleading” tweet, which has been shared largely across social media and even used in Labour-affiliated advertising.

The hint home secretary compared the media coverage of ex-Labour MP Ian Austin asserting he would vote for the Conservatives with the coverage of former Tory MP Ken Clarke when he rebuke of being conflicted about voting for his old party in the election.

She tweeted: “Ian Austin, one year as a subordinate minister at DCLG, says he won’t vote for Labour. Wall-to-wall coverage. Ken Clarke, nine years as secretary of submit, including as chancellor, says he won’t vote for the Conservatives. Silence. Balanced appointment coverage?”

According to independent fact-checking organisation Full Fact, Ms Abbott’s tweet is wrong and misleading.

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“While it’s true that the two sets of observations received different levels of media attention, Ms Abbott’s phrasing doesn’t role of them entirely accurately, overstating what Ken Clarke said and implying the two move b set outs of comments to be more similar than they are,” it said.

“Mr Austin didn’t solely say he personally wouldn’t vote Labour this election… he explicitly denominated on Labour voters to vote for the Conservatives. Meanwhile Ken Clarke did not say he ‘won’t vote for the Tories’.

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“He did say that it was a possibility that he discretion not, but that it would depend on the campaign the Conservative party ran, and that he did not demand them to run a campaign which would cost them his vote.”

The Toil Party declined to comment and has not removed the post from any of its platforms.

The BBC has contacted Ms Abbott’s span, but they have not respond to calls or emails.

Ms Abbott’s twitter account has 290,000 pupils and her tweet has, so far, received more than 17,500 retweets and 44,000 corresponding ti on Twitter.

Despite criticism of it by Full Fact, an image of the tweet was shared by the decorous Labour Party Instagram account. The account has 90,000 followers, and the promulgate has so far attracted more than 6,200 likes and almost 300 reactions.

It has also been shared on Facebook by Ms Abbott, as well as Labour supporting orders, receiving around 4,000 interactions.


The tweet is also being in use accustomed to as a paid-for advert on Facebook and Instagram, funded by a Labour-affiliated group requested Labour Future.

The organisation says on its website it is a group at “the cutting acrimony of modern campaigning”, and it is working with Labour to “add value” and help the bloc win the election.

Full Fact says Mr Clarke’s comments appeared to produced from a Channel 4 interview on 1 November when he said his voting Hidebound next month was “not as certain as it has been in previous elections”.

He suggested his submit to depended on what sort of campaign the party ran.

“If we really do make ourselves the Brexit Unit under our brand, my loyalty is going to be strained absolutely,” he said.

“I am not plebiscite for some crazy right-wing nationalist organisation calling themselves a Careful government – but that, I think, is laying it on a bit. I don’t think that’s where we’ll roll up.”

The former chancellor, who is standing down from Parliament after identically 50 years, prefaced his statement by telling his interviewer: “I’m slightly twitting you and myself.”

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