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Tories under fire over fake Labour manifesto

Tories under fire over fake Labour manifesto
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The Tories were accused of spreading fake news during the election debate after they changed the name of the official CCHQ Twitter account to 'factcheckUK'.  Now it seems they're at it again. On the day of Labour’s manifesto launch, the Conservatives published their own version.

Voters searching for Labour's manifesto might reasonably think that they could find a copy at www.labourmanifesto.co.uk. Not so. The site is, in fact, a Conservative platform for attacking Labour over their lack of a Brexit position and plans to increase taxes.

The official Conservative Twitter account has also tweeted out what they claim is the front page of Labour's manifesto. In fact, they've switched out the title, It's time for real change, with the phrase 'It's time for higher taxes'. Anyone scrolling past might be forgiven for thinking this really is the front page of Labour's manifesto.

Front page of Labour’s manifesto 👇#CostOfCorbyn#LabourManifestohttps://t.co/XKYQEonTq7 🥀 pic.twitter.com/XN1ZhYZ5qj

— Conservatives (@Conservatives) November 21, 2019

Meanwhile, it seems the Lib Dems are determined to join in the fun...

EXCLUSIVE: Backstage footage from Labour’s manifesto launch. pic.twitter.com/Q8u8ECTin7

— Lib Dem Press Office (@LibDemPress) November 21, 2019

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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