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Squeaky bum time: Tories lead in three polls with 100 days to go NEW
Political Scrapbook 21 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
A hat trick of poll leads for the Tories: YouGov (Con 34, Lab 33, UKIP 15, LD 6) ComRes phone poll (Con 31, Lab 30, UKIP 17, LD 8) has the Tories ahead for the first time since September 2011 Survation online poll (Con 31, Lab 30, UKIP 23, LD 7) has...
Tory health minister founded ‘grassroots patients’ group’ now lobbying NHS NEW
Political Scrapbook 22 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
A Tory health minister is behind a so-called ‘grassroots’ body run by bioscience executives — which is currently lobbying the NHS while claiming to be a patients’ group. With the government’s controve...
Tories’ new recruit wants to abolish the minimum wage and maternity leave NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Day, 8 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Photo: Phil Wintercross/Telegraph Having failed to perform any due diligence on their controversial UKIP defector Amjad Bashir MEP, the Tories are rushing to secure the stable door — beginning with deleting Bashir’s Twitter...
Like PACs in a sack: Tea Party supporters fleeced by rich Republican consultants NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Day, 8 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
In news liable to leave some lefties morally conflicted, wealthy Republican consultants are exploiting the United States’ lax campaign finance laws to effectively steal money from grassroots Tea Party activists. US website POLITI...
Tory MEP ‘promises to open investigation’ into UKIP defector NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Day, 11 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
With MEP Amjad Bashir swimming salmon-like against the nationwide torrent of Conservative to UKIP defections, comedy Tory chairman Grant Shapps faced a roasting yesterday for failing to perform proper due diligence. His party’s n...
Alcohol leads to confusion for Green Party tax policy NEW
Political Scrapbook 4 Days, 6 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
The Green’s 2010 manifesto: “Gradually increase alcohol and tobacco taxes by about 50% to match anticipated increases in expenditures on the NHS, raising £1.4bn in 2010 rising to £5.6bn by 2013. An Early Day Motion signed this...
MPs’ Wikipedia pages anonymously ‘airbrushed’ from Parliamentary computers NEW
Political Scrapbook 5 Days, 4 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
It seems there are still Commons staff (or indeed MPs) who don’t realise that anonymous edits to Wikipedia from within the parliamentary estate can be tracked.  There is even a Twitter account dedicated to doing precisely that. I...
UKIP’s latest “common sense” policy: ban the unemployed from driving NEW
Political Scrapbook 5 Days, 6 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Top UKIP politicians have previously suggested that the unemployed could be banned from voting — now the party’s activists have distributed a leaflet saying that it is the policy of the party to ban benefits claimants from driving, t...
Vince Cable vs Danny Alexander NEW
Political Scrapbook 6 Days, 6 Hours ago
After Vince Cable was reportedly ditched as the Lib Dems’ economics spokesman at the beginning of the year, the unedifying spectacle of his public spat with Danny Alexander continues: Vince Cable, 8 January: “I remain as our eco...
Britain First film ‘Christian Patrol’ looking for trouble — but everyone is in bed NEW
Political Scrapbook 6 Days, 7 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Speaking from his comedy armoured Land Rover at the weekend, Britain First leader Paul Golding announces that the group’s ‘Christian Patrols’ — in which far-right goons roam the streets looking to get a rise out of l...
Leaked minutes from UKIP ruling body: ‘We want to privatise NHS but public won’t let us’ NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 1 Hour, 38 Minutes ago
With Nigel Farage reigniting controversy on UKIP’s health policies by claiming that privatisation of the NHS was “a debate that we’re all going to have to return to”, UKIP’s health spok...
Crisis-stricken UKIP council group in ‘heartland’ Essex seat implodes NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 8 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Yet another UKIP campaign in the party’s coastal heartlands has collapsed into childish squabbling. Southend-on-Sea blogger Matthew Dent reports that the party’s Westminster candidate in Rochford and Southend...
Baron Mandelson of Hartlepool (where no property has ever sold for £2m) slams Mansion Tax NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 13 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Labour grandee Peter Mandelson famously remarked that he was “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich as long as they pay their taxes”. But the peer took to Newsnight to claim that one proposed levy —...
Phwoar! Page 3 is dead! NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 13 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
The Sun has quietly dropped its topless Page 3 models — bringing an end to the newspaper’s oftentimes vile campaign against its opponents. In perhaps the most notorious exchange, ex-MP Clare Short was branded &ldq...
Michael Gove: axed Free School with nine staff for 30 pupils was “excellent value” NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
One of the Tories’ flagship Free Schools is almost certain to go to the wall — losing its government funding after being put into special measures following a damning Ofsted report. Here’s what Michael Gove had to say about the...
Does David Cameron think Rabbi Jonathan Sacks ‘has a problem’? NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
With his secretary of state for communities under fire over his anti-extremism letter to Muslim leaders, David Cameron rushed to Eric Pickles’ aid with the following sound bite: “Anyone, frankly, reading this letter who has...
Information Commissioner ‘blatantly in breach’ of Freedom of Information Act NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
The public body responsible for enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act is currently subject to a complaint from its own staff — for, errrr, failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. With a pay dispu...
Shapps: We’re using Obama guru Jim Messina to organise young Tories NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Tory chairman Grant Shapps has raised eyebrows by denying that their American adviser Jim Messina is involved in targeting groups of voters, claiming instead that ex-Obama guru — one of the world’s most expensive...
Lib Dem leaflet in Sheffield Hallam doesn’t mention Nick Clegg once NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
A Liberal Democrat general electio leaflet being distributed in Nick Clegg’s constituency doesn’t mention the deputy prime minister once — despite being printed in his own office. Having spent five years in coalition with...
Tory MP warns: government-backed bill ‘could promote satanism’ NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Grant Shapps’ parliamentary bag carrier Jake Berry MP (above) has spent his morning attempting to introduce a bill — backed by ministers — designed to overturn a High Court ruling stating that “The saying o...