Boris Johnson: The prime minister's claims fact-checked

Boris Johnson faced Prime Minister’s Questions and then appeared before the Liaison Committee of MPs from different political parties. He was asked about a range of subjects from violence against women to the economy and even his attitude to mask wearing.

We have been looking at some of the claims he made during the day.

’We’re investing, I think, about £85m more into prosecutors for the CPS’

Mr Johnson gave this response when asked what he was doing to improve the prosecution of rape cases.

The government announced an extra £85m for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) - to be spent over two years - in August 2019, although that was to help tackle violent crime in general, not just rape.

But even with the extra money, the 2020-21 funding of the CPS was about 26% down from where it was in 2010-11 - if you adjust for inflation or rising prices.

’42% of [recruits to] the Met are now female, so we’re changing the culture’

Mr Johnson made this claim in response to a question about confidence in the police, following the murder of Sarah Everard.

The Metropolitan Police has a target for 50% of new police recruits to be women by 2022.

In October, the Met announced so far in 2021, 42.4% of all new constables and detectives had been women.

’There was barely 30 seconds when I wasn’t wearing a mask’

Mr Johnson was asked whether he wore a mask throughout his visit to Hexham Hospital, on 8 November.

Asked about it at a news conference on 15 November, he said: “I wear a mask wherever the rules say that I should.”

The rules throughout the Northumbria NHS Trust are “anyone attending our hospitals and community settings must continue to wear a face covering at all times, to protect patients, visitors and staff”.

In the Liaison Committee, Mr Johnson admitted he had briefly not worn a mask but had “put it on as soon as I realised I had made that mistake - I apologise for it”.

’We now have unemployment running at virtually record lows’

Unemployment is considerably lower than had been expected earlier in the pandemic and at historically relatively low levels.

Many forecasters had been expecting the rate of unemployment to rise above 5%.

And the latest Office for National Statistics figures show it is 4.3%. But that is still higher than the 3.8% before the pandemic, in 2019.

It is a difference of more than 350,000 people.

The figures go back as far as 1971. And the actual record low is 3.4%, in late 1973.

’We want another 50,000 more nurses and we’re on track to deliver that by the end of the Parliament’

The pledge to recruit 50,000 more nurses was first made by Mr Johnson at the 2019 general election.

The latest figures show there were 310,935 full-time equivalent NHS nurses and health visitors in England covering August 2021.

And that is up 14,842 since December 2019 but still leaves just over 35,000 posts to fill before the next election.

The prime minister also told the committee: “We are working as hard as we can to get more GPs”.

The government made an election pledge to have 6,000 additional GPs by 2024.

But earlier this month, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told another committee of MPs: "I do not think we are on track. I am not going to pretend that we are on track when clearly we are not."

Some truths, some lies and some in between … :icon_rolleyes: