“The economy, under this Conservative Government, has grown by 73 per cent.”

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister's Questions

January 29, 2020

Facts

Boris Johnson told MPs at PMQs that “the economy, under this Conservative Government, has grown by 73 per cent.”

However, this was false. Under Conservative-led governments since 2010, the UK’s GDP has grown by around 20 per cent (depending on exactly when in the year you start counting), not 73 per cent as Mr Johnson said.

The 73 per cent growth figure was achieved between 1990 and 2017, which comprised 13 years of Labour government, more than 10 years of Conservative government and five years of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in coalition.

Full Fact asked Number 10 to provide the data that could stand up Johnson’s claim, but received no response. 

Verdict

Johnson’s statement was a lie. His full statement remains on the Commons record in defiance of the Ministerial Code, which demands that they correct the record.

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