The Tories this evening briefed journalists that an aide to Health Secretary Matt Hancock had been ‘punched in the face’ by a Labour supporter as he helped Hancock into his car to leave a Leeds hospital.
Video footage proved this was nonsense.
New footage shows what the Tories were claiming was a punch: a man looking the other way and pointing behind him – and the aide not watching where he was going:
The political editors of the BBC and ITV, along with other journalists, repeated the claims and even added that things had got nasty – and that police were involved. The police were not – and no wonder.
The hospital where the punch did not take place is the same one where a little boy with suspected pneumonia last week slept on the floor for four hours because there were no beds, thanks to Tory underfunding.
Boris Johnson seized and hid a journalist’s phone earlier today when the reporter would not stop asking him to look at a picture of the sick young lad. The Tories were clearly desperate for a distraction from this damaging video in circulation.
What a perfect illustration of growing Tory desperation – and of the media acting as their accomplices.
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