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‘Anti-third runway’ Tory’s £22,000 in donations from Heathrow and BA NEW
Political Scrapbook 10 Hours, 36 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 1 Day, 8 Hours, 48 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 1 Day, 9 Hours, 19 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 1 Day, 13 Hours, 58 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 5 Days, 8 Hours, 29 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 5 Days, 10 Hours, 2 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 5 Days, 14 Hours, 47 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 6 Days, 7 Hours, 31 Minutes 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 6 Days, 10 Hours, 9 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 6 Days, 14 Hours, 32 Minutes 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, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 10 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, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 43 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 &...
Purple rain: main parties shamed on torrid by-election night NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Tories: utterly failed to dent UKIP momentum Conservative spinners began the evening by briefing that, if they could halve Douglas Carswell’s 2010 election majority of 12,068, they might stop more Tory MPs defecting. Let’s see how th...
‘Cover-up’ scandal breaks days after Lib Dem sex abuse reporting vote NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Irony has died today after a short illness. Lib Dem press release from four days ago announcing proposals for mandatory reporting of child abuse had been approved by their party conference: “Inquiries have repeatedly fo...
‘Humiliated’ disabled woman wet herself in Jobcentre after staff denied toilet access NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
A woman with cerebral palsy and a weak bladder was forced to wet herself in the middle of a packed Jobcentre — because the facility does not have a disabled toilet and staff refused to use their discretion to allow her to use&nbs...
Farron’s sick reference to Lib Dem sex scandals during his presidency NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Of all the things that Tim Farron could have looked to make light of in his final speech as Lib Dem president: “There are some parts of the job that I’m happy to pass on. “The next time any of you get caught with your pants round yo...
Universal Credit ‘success': landlords threatening vulnerable tenants NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
More on the “success” that is Iain Duncan Smith’s Universal Credit: Last year social landlords were warning that replacing housing benefit (with payments to them) with Universal Credit (and direct payments to tenants) would prove a...
Scottish rail franchise taken into national ownership … by the Dutch NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
That new ownership structure for the Scottish railways: Abellio also run the Greater Anglia franchise and have a 50% stake (along with Serco) in the Merseyrail and Northern Rail operations.
“Save money” with 5,853% APR loan Wonga ad banned by regulator NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Payday parasites Wonga have been subject to yet another ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority — for an ad claiming that consumers can “save money” with a 5,853% APR loan. The news comes after Wonga’s profits nosed...
In full: Leaked Carswell email signing off on UKIP attack NEW
Political Scrapbook 2 Weeks, 8 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Stick the boot in and call them a traitor. All standard procedure for political defectors. But when it comes to Douglas Carswell, perhaps the Tories actually have a point. Apparently Carswell emailed a local Conservative councillor encouraging h...