Lib Dem Facebook ads wrongly claim only they can beat these parties

In many of these areas, the party finished third in 2017.

The Liberal Democrats’ election Facebook adverts claim, in different places, that they are the only party which can beat the Tories, Labour or the SNP.

One series of adverts says: “Your vote can help stop Boris Johnson. [Certain constituency] is one of 50 seats where a Liberal Democrat vote can stop the Conservatives.”

Another says: “Your vote in [certain constituency] can help stop Jeremy Corbyn” while a third says: “Your vote in [certain constituency] can help stop the SNP and stop independence.”

In some of the places these adverts are aimed at, they are actually the main opposition to the particular party targetted – like in Richmond Park, North East Fife or St Ives.

However, in 13 of the 43 constituencies targetted, the party finished third in 2017. For example, in Eddisbury, they finished 14,000 votes behind Labour; in Cities of London and Westminster, they were 10,000 votes behind and in Watford, 20,000 votes behind.

The Liberal Democrats have been accused of misusing statistics on election leaflets to suggest they have a better chance of winning a seat than they do.

Below is the full list of constituencies targetted, the parties they are urging a tactical vote for them against and where they finished in 2017. The ones where they finished first or second are in bold.

Esher and Walton – Conservatives – Third

Eastbourne & Willingdon – Conservatives – First

Carshalton & Wallington – Conservatives – First

Hampstead & Kilburn – Labour – Third

Watford – Conservatives – Third

Harrogate & Knaresborough – Conservatives – Second

Oxford West & Abbingdon – Conservatives – First

South Cambridgeshire – Conservatives – Third

Cheadle – Conservatives – Second

North East Somerset – Conservatives – Third

Wimbledon – Conservatives – Third

Richmond Park – Conservatives – Second

Totnes – Conservatives – Third

Finchley and Golders Green – Conservatives – Third

East Dunbartonshire – SNP – First

Winchester – Conservatives – Second

Ross, Skye and Lochaber – SNP – Third

St Ives – Conservatives – Second

Twickenham – Conservatives – First

St Albans – Conservatives – Second

Wantage – Conservatives – Third

North East Fife – SNP – Second

Brecon and Radnorshire – Conservatives – First

Leeds North West – Labour – Second

Eddisbury – Conservatives – Third

Westmorland – Conservatives – First

North Norfolk – Conservatives – First

Cities of London and Westminster – Conservatives – Third

Cheltenham – Conservatives – Second

Orkney and Shetland – SNP – First

Hitchin and Harpenden – Conservatives – Third

Bath – Conservatives – First

Sheffield Hallam – Labour – Second

Hazel Grove – Conservatives – Second

Guildford – Conservatives – Second

Streatham – Labour – Third

Kingston and Surbiton – Conservatives – First

Lewes – Conservatives – Second

Cambridge – Labour – Second

Wokingham – Conservatives – Third

Hornsey and Wood Green – Labour – Second

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross – SNP – First

Edinburgh West – SNP – First

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One Response to “Lib Dem Facebook ads wrongly claim only they can beat these parties”

  1. Julia Gibb

    Unfortunately I have a great deal of experience campaigning against the LibDems in Scotland.
    They are a nasty aggressive bunch who will use every underhand tactic possible.
    They are in every aspect Tories. Look at Swinson’s voting record. Review LibDems in office with the Tories.

    One of my key ambitions is to contribute in some way to Swinson losing her seat. She lives hundreds of miles away and seldom even turns up for a surgery. Her office staff do to her job.
    Whatever way you vote be wary of considering this lot!
    They can limbo dance under a snake.

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