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Not actors: One of Labour’s claims involved NHS patients being left on trolleys in corridors for hours at a time. Here’s photographic evidence of it – and these people aren’t actors.

Comedy Conservative James Cleverly has an extremely short memory – or he thinks we have.

He was among several Tories who tried to attack Labour for a new party political broadcast that highlights the plight of the National Health Service – using actors.

Shock! Horror!

But didn’t the Conservatives use actor Charlie Watson in a recently-aborted campaign to whitewash Universal Credit? Yes they did. And when did that happen? Only two weeks ago.

Here’s the Conservative Party’s tweet about it – they even went to the lengths of putting together a video clip:

And here’s Mr Cleverly’s not-very-cleverly tweet:

Here’s the Labour PPB. Pay particular attention to the very first line of text:

James, here, hammers the point home, in response to the Tories’ ridiculous attempt to use the casting call against Labour:

He went on to say the information in the Labour film gave a true representation of the current NHS crisis. But you don’t have to take James’s word for it.

Here’s Tom Kibasi, director of the progressive think tank IPPR, with an entire Twitter thread explaining the facts Labour’s actors were conveying:

Tory supporters have quibbled with some of the points Mr Kibasi makes; they would.

But they can’t say the claims are entirely false, and they can’t say Labour didn’t make clear that actors were being used. Not with any truthfulness, anyway.

Labour can say both about the Tories’ Universal Credit campaign.

And Mr Cleverly? Perhaps someone should suggest that the wisest thing for him to say is nothing at all.


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