People are up in arms after the Conservative Party carefully edited a broadcast interview in order to frame a Labour politician.
Posting on social media this afternoon, the Tories uploaded a clip of Labour Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer talking to Good Morning Britain.
Attempting to show Labour’s lack of clarity on Brexit, the video includes the caption: “WATCH: Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit Minister can’t or won’t answer a simple question about Labour’s position on Brexit.”
However, BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford has pointed out that the Tories selectively altered a section of the clip, to make it seem as though Starmer was stumped by a question from Piers Morgan.
In the Conservative clip, Morgan asks: “Why would the EU give you a good deal, if they know you’re going to actively campaign against it?” (in reference to Labour’s plan to negotiate a Brexit deal and then potentially campaign against it in a general election).
The video then cuts to Starmer, doing his best impression of a goldfish.
Yet, in reality (as Sandford points out), Starmer immediately responded to the question, saying: “well, Piers, I’ve been talking to the EU – to political leaders across the EU27 – for three years, and I know very well what the parameters are of any deal they would do with a Labour government.”
It’s true that Starmer’s interview wasn’t his best media performance, but that doesn’t justify the Tories spreading blatantly manipulative news.
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