“I’m delighted that Canterbury, for instance, is going to be one of the 40 new hospitals we are building”

Boris Johnson, Tory conference fringe event

September 30, 2019

Facts

The Kent Online news website reported: “The commitment comes as a surprise — as the Kent & Canterbury does not feature on a new list of hospital projects earmarked by the government.” Canterbury was not on the list of new hospitals the government had announced. The Department of Health the next day told Kent Online that while there was interest in a new hospital in Canterbury, there were no immediate plans for one.

Phil Hayes, a reporter from Kent Online, told me: “I don’t know if you’d go as far as saying lying because at the end of the day he’s the prime minister and he can stick Canterbury on the list of hospitals.” But he repeated that Canterbury is “not actually on the list of any hospital works.”

Verdict

Boris Johnson was lying.

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