Yesterday was the start of the local elections campaign here in London and the fight is already getting dirty.
One such scrap is taking place in ultra marginal Waltham Forest where the Lib Dems are furious at "Labour's lies" about police numbers.
Labour leaflets claim that the Lib Dems "want to cut the number of police in Waltham Forest" whilst being "in cahoots with Tory mayor Boris plans to cut police numbers."
The Lib Dems deny this, pointing to their fervent opposition to Boris's police cuts on the London Asssembly.
They also point to their cross party campaign to get more police officers in the borough, repeatedly acknowledged by the Labour Council leader himself:
One Lib Dem source told me:
"This is now the incredible fibs Labour are peddling on the ground. It is a fact that the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group voted against Boris Johnson's cuts in police numbers. The group's budget amendment not only proposed to reverse the cut in police numbers (455 officers over the next 3 years), but actually proposed extra police officers in certain key boroughs where there are high levels of gun and knife crime - that included Waltham Forest, where this leaflet is going out... The leaflet is not spin, but lies."
A spokesperson for Waltham Forest Lib Dems said:
"The Lib Dems voted in favour of (indeed helped to put together) the council budget which funds the ten extra police officers which Labour is trying to claim credit for. It seems Labour is desperately trying to rebrand a council campaign backed by all three political parties as one of their own, and turning history on its head to do so."
I emailed Waltham Forest Labour party for an explanation of their claims yesterday, but unfortunately they have as yet failed to respond.
So can anyone out there get to the bottom of this fight?
Is this just a bad case of spin, or outright lies?