Britain’s main opposition leader David Cameron has been condemned after his Conservative Party made false claims on teenage pregnancy to back a key campaign theme ahead of this spring’s general election.
As part of the Tories’ argument that Britain under Labour has become more divided between rich and poor, its “Two Nations” document said that more than half of girls in deprived areas fell pregnant before the age of eighteen. The claim is in fact ten times the real figure of 5.4%.
Labour accused the Conservatives of being out of touch, saying they had no solutions for reducing teenage pregnancies. But the Tories hit back, saying the fact a decimal point was left out by mistake made no difference to the overall charge that Labour had let down Britain’s poorest people.