Labour NHS election video using ‘fake nurse’ to slam Tory policies

Published on 20th November 2019 by BrickTop

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Labour forced to withdraw NHS election video after using ‘fake nurse’ to slam Tory policies.

The Labour Party has pulled an election broadcast featuring a “fake nurse” who is really an actor. In the film, which was shown on Tuesday on the BBC, ITV and S4C, the nurse tells viewers how a trade deal with US president Donald Trump is a threat to the NHS. The actor, dressed in a blue NHS style uniform, told viewers: “We will increase the funding available to our health service. “Labour is the party that created the NHS, and we will defend it against Tory attempts to sell it off for parts to Donald Trump.” But Labour was left red-faced when it emerged the nurse slamming the Tories was in fact an actress. Broadcast guidelines state: “The use of reconstructions or actors in a broadcast must be made clear to the audience”. The Labour Party was also facing a probe over a fake news post claiming the Tories will send £500m of NHS money to Donald Trump every week.