A UKIP MEP has admitted being “drugged up” on a cocktail of alcohol and prescription painkillers while making a speech in the European Parliament. Godfrey Bloom (pictured above with party leader Nigel Farage) stumped colleagues in Strasbourg last week, interrupting a debate on sport with a bizarre question about a university rugby club. Departing from […]

Former Manchester United player Eric Cantona has launched a bid to become the president of France. The eccentric striker has written to mayors requesting that they nominate him for the contest to be held on 22 April, with a possible run-off on 6 May. Planning to make housing a major theme of his campaign, he claims […]

Tales of Silvio Berlusconi’s womanising and “bunga bunga parties” are manifold. But it was hitherto unknown that The Great Seducer was given to asking foreign leaders for celebrities’ personal contact details. Speaking at a private lunch for the asset management firm Carlyle Group in Paris this week, Gordon Brown revealed that Berlusconi had approached him […]

Conservatives MEPs have been branded “extremists” after rebelling against their own party’s policy on climate change. Votes in the European Parliament put them at loggerheads with all five mainstream political groupings in Brussels, with the Conservative members choosing to ally themselves with, erm, UKIP and the BNP. In a slap in the face for David […]

UPDATE JULY 2013: Another guilty verdict. But will he get off as he did after this post from 2011? While bond markets may not love Silvio Berlusconi, the Scrapbook team have found ourselves lamenting the possibly imminent departure of the bunga bunga-partying septuagenarian. To commemorate his entertaining, if not entirely prudent stewardship of the Italian economy, […]

The Italian budget crisis has been dominating the news for most of the day, and it seems to have finally become all too much for some of the deputies in the Italian Parliament. Tensions boiling over resulted in a fight breaking out, leading to the Parliament being temporarily suspended for several minutes afterwards. The fist […]

Conservative MEP Roger Helmer has today announced that he is quitting his seat in the European Parliament at the end of this year. Citing disillusionment with the direction of the party, Brussels is set to lose one of its most off message sons. To commemorate his passing, Scrapbook thought a countdown of his top “so right […]

Seven weeks after the European Parliament was last in session, time was called on MEPs’ long summer with Brussels committees returning to work on Monday. Members are currently timetabled to undertake “green week” activities, such as constituency work and officially-sanctioned trips with parliamentary delegations. Except for Tory MEPs, however, who have organised a five-day VIP junket to a Grand […]

An email containing damning sex allegations, sent to thousands of European Parliament addresses on Monday, has been remotely deleted from staff inboxes. The short message accuses a senior parliament official of accepting sexual favours in exchange for promotions. But, as the blogger Jon Worth reports, copies of the email have been mysteriously disappearing: “I’m told by […]