-- Advertisement --

Lib Dems exposed FAKING QUOTES in official General Election Campaign leaflets

-- Advertisement --

Stay in touch!

Sign up to be updated with Evolve's latest stories, and for opportunities to get involved.

Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats have been embroiled in a second fake news scandal in a matter of days after it was revealed that official Lib Dem General election leaflets contained fake quotes purporting to be from reputable mainstream media outlets, but were in fact direct quotes from the Lib Dem leader herself.

The Guardian Reporter Heather Stewart last night revealed that the Lib Dems had published and distributed a “dodgy” leaflet to her in her constituency with quotes such as:

“The Lib Dem fightback is real and it’s changing everything”

Despite the Lib Dem leaflet claiming that this quote was from Sky News, it was actually a direct quote from Jo Swinson herself who had been appearing on Sky News.

Furthermore, the leaflet also contained another quote stating that the “Lib Dems winning and on the up after by-election victory” – a quote they claimed was taken from The Guardian.

However, once again, this quote was directly from the mouth of Jo Swinson who was being quoted in The Guardian article reporting their by-election victory in Brecon and Radnorshire in August.

Following the revelation of the fake quotes, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme attempted to obtain answers from Christine Jardine, a Lib Dem General Election candidate.

However, the Lib Dem MP claimed that she had “no knowledge” of the leaflet and refused to comment on the situation.

You can watch the video of the Lib Dem candidate being called out below:


The latest Lib Dem fake new scandal follows hot on the heels of the Lib Dems being called out for publishing extremely misleading bar charts which falsely claimed they were the closest challengers to the Tories in a number of constituencies.

The Lib Dems haven’t been the only political party to be embroiled in a fake news scandal during the opening days of the General Election campaign, with the Tories also being slammed for publishing a doctored video of Labour’s Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer yesterday.

Jo Swinson is yet to comments on the Lib Dem’s latest fake news controversy.

-- Advertisement --

Evolve needs your help more than ever!

We rely on the generosity of our readers to help fund the majority of our work - but we need a little more to make ends meet and enable us to grow.

If we can reach 1,000 regular subscribers, we will become entirely financially sustainable - and we'll also have a little extra so we can build upwards and outwards to make our work have an even bigger impact.

In the last month alone, our work on the Environment Bill has helped force a change in the law for the better. And, since Evolve was founded, our uniquely viral style of journalism has repeatedly put the establishment on the back foot and helped force genuinely positive progression.

But we want to do far more - and we need your help to do it.

The best way you can help us is by becoming a Monthly or Annual subscriber. This kind of regular income allows us to better plan for the future - firstly so we can pay the bills, and then so we can set aside funds and time to work on extra projects.

However, if you can't commit to a regular payment, one-off donations - no matter how small - also make a big difference to us, and we genuinely make the most of every single penny.

So, if you appreciate the work that Evolve does and you want to see us make an even bigger impact on the world, please think about contributing to our work in whatever way you possibly can.

Tom D. Rogers

Co-Founder, Contributing Editor

Jess Miller

Co-Founder, Contributing Editor

Subscriber-Only Comments