LIB DEM SHAME: Swinson's party twisted Express story for anti-Boris 'biased agenda'

A leaflet distributed by the Liberal Democrats in Watford, north London, featured a quote attributed to “Express”, which read: “Boris Johnson really is the British Donald Trump”. But one voter who received the campaign leaflet through her letterbox questioned the accuracy of the quote and sought to verify what she viewed as a highly biased headline. She was left outraged when she discovered the original article was taken “completely out of context” in order to smear the Prime Minister and the Tories.

Teacher Melanie de Miguel was stunned over the quote featuring prominently on the Lib Dem election campaign leaflet.

It appeared under the title “What the papers say…” and sits next to other headlines either slamming Mr Johnson or pointing towards a Lib Dem comeback in the polls.

Ms Miguel said the Express quote which suggested the British Prime Minister and Donald Trump were one and the same immediately struck her as “fake news”.

She told “I looked at the leaflet this morning and I thought it looked like fake news - it stuck out to me.

“Did the Express really say that? That's biased and pushing an agenda.”

As a result, Ms Miguel attempted to source the original article, searching the full quote in the Express website and search engines.

When nothing came up, the Watford local contacted the Lib Dems directly, requesting to see a copy of the original article.

She said the party eventually sent her a link to the article, but she was shocked the story was “taken completely out of context”.

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Ms Miguel hit out at Jo Swinson’s party for using the quote in a negative way.

She said: “They have twisted the quote and tried to manipulate it in order to try to be derogatory about Boris Johnson. It is manipulation.”

The Watford voter, from the Three Rivers parish, said while she was quick to spot the “fake news agenda”, she was worried other members of her constituency, particularly older voters, could be swayed by such a misleading leaflet.

It is not the first time the Lib Dems have been accused of peddling misinformation, as the party was heavily criticised for dressing up election leaflets as a local newspaper.

The party also falsely attributed a pro-Lib Dem quote to The Guardian, when the comment was actually an edited version of a Guardian headline made from the words of Ms Swinson, not the print newspaper.

It comes after the Lib Dems accused Mr Johnson of “lying to the British public” through his electoral pledges.

The Lib Dem deputy leader Sir Ed Davey criticised the Tories for making false promises, after Mr Johnson pledged to cut taxes for families in a post-Brexit budget.

The Lib Dems rejected the claims. A spokesman said: “Liberal Democrats always provide sources for the data or quotations that appear in local and national election literature. The quote used on our leaflet which was taken from Daily Express is entirely accurate.”

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