ITV’s Paul Brand put out a tweet this morning claiming that ‘hundreds’ of Labour CLPs (constituency Labour parties) have submitted motions to the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) calling for members to be ‘consulted’ on whether they want a new referendum:
But this was untrue. An NEC member told the SKWAWKBOX that the number was:
A couple of dozen at most.NEC member on pro-referendum motions
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Mr Brand to ask where he obtained the ‘hundreds’ information and to point out the real number. He responded to say he was happy to correct if it was wrong – and that he was ‘chasing a precise figure to check‘.
After this blog contacted him, Brand also tweeted:
Sixty is not just “short of ‘hundreds‘”, but a long way short of hundreds – and more than the “couple of dozen at most” referenced by the NEC, which might of course be considered the ‘best figure’.
In addition, a number of CLPs have also submitted motions rejecting the idea of a new referendum or supporting the Labour leadership’s decision not to back one.
There has been a concerted push by media and referendum supporters recently to portray ‘increasing pressure’ on Jeremy Corbyn to back a new referendum – even though recent polling suggests it would damage Labour’s general election prospects and a leaked poll by a pro-referendum organisation admitted the same.
There is nothing to indicate that Brand’s tweet was part of this, but he claimed ‘hundreds’ as fact, with no caveats – and then admitted he didn’t have a figure. When he did, it was a long way short of even a single hundred.
That’s a journalistic failure and one that will only underpin the suspicion of so many regarding the information put out by the so-called ‘MSM’.
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