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‘Open primary’ in UKIP defector’s seat cost Tories £18 per vote NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Day, 6 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Tory councillor Kelly Tolhurst has won the ‘open primary’ in Rochester and Strood. With a six-figure cost and a five-figure turnout, the postal ballot of every voter in the constituency has set the Conservative Party around back &pou...
Barrister Tory MP skips parliament to represent $1.4bn shipping magnate in high court NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Day, 12 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The response of barrister and part-time MP Stephen Phillips to questions about his outside earnings was utterly breathtaking in its arrogance. He was, however, very keen to emphasise that his work was confined to periods in which Parliament is n...
Tory MP: ‘My walk-in wardrobe is same size as NHS staffroom’ NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Day, 15 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
A Tory MP has used a debate about the NHS to boast about the size of his walk-in wardrobe — saying it is the same size as the staffroom at a local hospital. Craig Whittaker made the comment after a leaked report revealed that yet...
Hampstead residents launch ‘humanitarian appeal’ over Mansion Tax NEW
Political Scrapbook 2 Days, 9 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Never mind the 600,000 extra children living in absolute poverty since the Coalition came to power, has anyone considered how the hard-pressed residents of NW3 will cope if a Mansion Tax is imposed by Ed Balls? Former senior medical adviser to t...
‘Execute gypsy travellers’, says Tory in middle of council meeting NEW
Political Scrapbook 2 Days, 10 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Asked by a council officer — in the middle of a planning scrutiny meeting — for suggestions for speeding up the eviction of travellers, this was the response of Maidenhead Tory Cllr Alan Mellins: “Execute them.” With up t...
UKIP pulls racist song they tried to get to #1 in charts NEW
Political Scrapbook 2 Days, 14 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Here’s the email from Nigel Farage telling UKIP supporters to buy a song about “illegal immigrants in every town”, which is, errr, sung in a mock-Caribbean accent: But the “satirical” ditty, sung by ex-Radio 1...
“Answer the bloody questions”: man loses his marbles in Commons NEW
Political Scrapbook 2 Days, 15 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Faced with rowdy MPs, one of speaker Bercow’s favourite refrains is: “the public don’t like it”. As if to prove his point … There's a fracas in public gallery #pmqs. Tried to lip read man as he's dragged out. Belie...
Weak Tories refuse to back their own commissioner in EU vote NEW
Political Scrapbook 2 Days, 16 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
So apparently Nigel Farage is running Britain’s foreign policy. Frightened witless by the rise of UKIP, the Tories’ Brussels contingent have now abstained from the vote to approve the new European commission in a massive snub to thei...
‘Anti-third runway’ Tory’s £22,000 in donations from Heathrow and BA NEW
Political Scrapbook 3 Days, 14 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Teetering on a 1,958 majority at number 27 on Labour’s target seat list, west London Tory Mary Macleod has adroitly positioned herself as a local champion of the campaign against a third runway at Heathrow. For example: “I joine...
UKIP’s European Parliament group saved … by Polish MEP! NEW
Political Scrapbook 4 Days, 12 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
With his European Parliament group collapsing last week after it failed to retain MEPs from requisite seven different members states, can you guess who has come to Nigel Farage’s rescue? Spokesman for @EFDgroup @hermannkelly conf...
Rats in a sack: ‘fake invoice’ claim in bitter battle for safe Tory seat NEW
Political Scrapbook 4 Days, 12 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
With wannabe MPs of all parties squabbling over a rapidly evaporating pool of winnable selections, the race is hotting for the safe Tory seat of Havant — and so are the negative briefings. Now that the hopefuls have been whittled...
MPs in denial over crisis of trust NEW
Political Scrapbook 4 Days, 17 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Who says MPs are out of touch, eh? Here’s a graph comparing results from two surveys: the proportion of MPs who think they are trusted by their constituents — versus the proportion of the general public who trust their MP to represen...
Is this the best Daily Mail correction of all time? NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Scrapbook may be late to the party — but is this not surely one of the best Daily Mail corrections ev-vur? A comment article on 13 August about the European Court of Human Rights said that the supply of heroin and gay porn to prisoners was now...
Was Owen Paterson climate speech the product of ‘idea sex’? NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Kudos to climate journalist Edward King, who spotted that Owen Paterson’s ‘abandon climate targets’ speech was actually written by Matt Ridley (5th Viscount Ridley to you): Looks like Owen Paterson can't claim credit for t...
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘in talks’ with top UKIP official NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Tory toff Jacob Rees Mogg has been in talks with the treasurer of UKIP — plotting to block government policy using the courts. The Telegraph reports that millionaire Stuart Wheeler met with the Somerset MP in the Commons over plans to...
UKIP MEP to tell conference he was “financially raped” NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 Hours ago
An events company trying to liven up their boring flood defence conference with a speech from a climate change denying UKIP MEP is one thing … … but Austin Mitchell-style references to “rape” are quite another: “S...
David Cameron invokes his disabled son as a political shield (again) NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
The political future of DWP minister Lord Freud hangs in the balance this afternoon — after Labour ambushed the Tories with a recording in which he suggests that disabled people are “not worth the full [minimum] wage”. The details w...
£200,000-a-year Heywood compares his role with staff earning £15,000 NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has taken to his Civil Service Leaders blog to deliver a patronising beat down to 250,000 civil servants who will strike today. £200,000-a-year Heywood explains that the spirit of “public service&rdquo...
Video: Douglas Carswell and Liz McInnes sworn into Commons NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Cheers for new Heywood and Middleton MP McInnes — but none whatsoever for ‘Kipper Carswell. Contrary to briefing earlier in the day, Lib Dem MP Bob Russell had his role downgraded, standing at the back as Carswell was introduced by Tory P...
Douglas Carswell locked out of parliament by security system NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Parliament is back — now counting the first elected UKIP MP among its number.  And Douglas Carswell has found two sufficiently independent-minded MPs to ‘introduce’ him to the chamber — in the form of Zac &...