Jess Phillips labels Conservatives 'serial liars' over tweet

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Jess Phillips has accused the Conservative Party of "misleading" voters on social media by posting a video in which she criticised party manifestos.

In response to Labour publishing its manifesto on Thursday the Conservatives posted a video of the Labour candidate saying “you can never ever deliver all of those things that you’re pretending that you can deliver when you go to the electorate.”

The @CCHQPress tweet referenced Labour’s manifesto, and featured the text “Corbyn ally: we can’t deliver”.

The account dated the video November 21, however the clip was taken from an October 3 interview in which she was asked more generally about all party manifestos.

In the October clip, Ms Phillips said all parties struggle to keep election promises due to changes out of their control, and did not specifically refer to Labour’s manifesto.

She continued: “In reality, things change. Globally things change, situations change. Facts change. [We can't deliver it] in all cases. I can't control the trade war between America and China.”

Ms Phillips said the video was "misleading" and the Conservatives were "serial liars".

“It is totally misleading to share it in this context, but I can’t say I’m shocked because Boris Johnson and his party have shown themselves to be serial liars,” she said.

"I realise they wouldn’t recognise a politician speaking honestly, so it must be difficult for them.”

The clip is from October 3, not November 21 as stated by @CCHQPress

Ms Phillips has also criticised the Conservative Twitter account for rebranding itself as a ‘fact checking’ agency during the first debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

In response to Conservative Chairman James Cleverly defending the move, Ms Phillips said “If you are going to try a gag at least own it”.

The Conservative rebrand earned a swift rebuke from Twitter officials who said the Conservatives had misled the public and it would take “decisive corrective action” if a similar action was taken again.

“Any further attempts to mislead people by editing verified profile information – in a manner seen during the UK election debate – will result in decisive corrective action,” it said.

The Conservative Party has since re-uploaded the clip with the original October 3 date of broadcast, saying it was for the "avoidance of doubt".

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