Diane Abbott is facing criticism for posting a “misleading” tweet, which has been shared widely across social media and even used in Labour-affiliated advertising.

The shadow home secretary compared the media coverage of ex-Labour MP Ian Austin saying he would vote for the Conservatives with the coverage of former Tory MP Ken Clarke when he spoke of being conflicted about voting for his old party in the election.

She tweeted: “Ian Austin, one year as a junior minister at DCLG, says he won’t vote for Labour. Wall-to-wall coverage. Ken Clarke, nine years as secretary of state, including as chancellor, says he won’t vote for the Conservatives. Silence. Balanced election coverage?”

According to independent fact-checking organisation Full Fact, Ms Abbott’s tweet is incorrect and misleading.

Labour voters should

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