London crime: Tories make it up as they go along

The Tory Head of Press tweeted this morning that crime in London was at its lowest level for 10 years. But a candidate called London the crime capital of Europe.

The Conservatives have tied themselves in knots over crime statistics before with Chris Grayling rebuked by the Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority. But the Tories had, at least, been consistent … until today that is. Their Head of Press published a tweet this morning which directly contradicted one of his party’s candidates.

Earlier this week Tory PPC for Edmonton, Andrew Charalambous, was criticised for distributing a leaflet featuring a bloodied machete and the misleading slogan “Labour cuts: violent crime up 44% under Labour”.

Tory blogger MTPT jumped to his defence citing the stats used on the reverse of the leaflet, which says:

“Under Labour we have become the crime capital of Europe”.

Someone clearly forgot to tell the Tories’ spinner in chief who this morning tweeted:

“London crime at lowest level for 10 yrs. Figs out today also show number of murders lowest for decades”

For the record, Mr Macrory is, of course, right.

13 Responses to “London crime: Tories make it up as they go along”

  1. Claire Spencer

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  2. Ged Robinson

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  3. Boris Watch

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  7. Ben Cooper

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  8. j farrington-douglas

    Just to be clear, despite Cally murder, crime & murder in London going down (sez top Tory spinner!) http://bit.ly/9Iuplp

  9. Random Bloke

    London vs rest of country. Wow you people really ARE out of touch.

  10. Henry

    I got a leaflet from the Tories yesterday telling me how much crime was down (it’s a Tory Council)! Have they spoken to Mr Grayling?

  11. Mr. Sensible

    Oh dear…

  12. Tom

    Even odder for the Tories, the Standard’s coverage of the continuing fall in the murder rate in London (which peaked in 2003/4) mentions that it’s the lowest since 1978. What happened between 1979 and 2003 to push it up, then, guys?

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