As Scotland prepares to vote in the UK general election, we’re examining claims made by politicians standing for election across Scotland’s Westminster constituencies.
We’re gathering together election leaflets from all political parties, and we’d like you to be a part of it by sending in photos of leaflets being distributed in your area.
We’re interested in fact checking misleading claims and misrepresented statistics.
Leaflets can drastically distort past election data, often by featuring graphics showing false disparities in support between parties. This is frequently done in order to suggest to voters that there is only one way to vote if they want to stop a dominant party from gaining further control.
For instance, this leaflet for North East Fife Liberal Democrat candidate Elizabeth Riches appears to show a significantly larger gap between SNP and Lib Dem votes in the 2016 Holyrood election, compared to the gap between votes for the Conservatives and Labour.
In fact, there is a bigger gap between Conservative and Labour votes. There are 10 percentage points between Lib Dem and SNP votes, and 11 percentage points between Conservative and Labour votes - but the bar chart shows the Lib Dems much further ahead of the SNP than they should be, based on these numbers.
And though the difference between Conservative and SNP votes is bigger, it’s still only 18 percentage points - hardly the huge jump suggested by the chart.
This is just one example of inaccurate information being circulated by parties and candidates. So we need your help - if you spot some dodgy stats, graphs or claims on a leaflet, take a picture, and send it to us via Facebook or Twitter, post it to our community forum or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do it for you.
Here are just a few examples that have been spotted so far during the general election campaign: