Conservatives have given their backing to a senior councillor accused of giving his paedophile friend Jimmy Savile “unrestricted access” to secure areas of a hospital he was managing. Welwyn Hatfield Council deputy leader Alan Franey, who ran Broadmoor Hospital during years of sickening abuse by Savile, survived a vote of no confidence last night thanks to […]

Report: no real-terms wage rise until 2017 Lowest 10% of earners have seen £300 cut since 2008 Poorest not seeing benefits of ‘recovery’ Sajid Javid denies link between wages and income tax receipts With a report from Ernst & Young warning that families face a “lost decade” with real wages in the deep freeze, cabinet minister Sajid Javid — […]

With the Tories’ civil society minister forced to quit after sending highly explicit photos of himself to a reporter posing as a twenty-something party activist, it’s worth reflecting on the delicious irony of Brooks Newmark’s extra curricular social media activities. Having ultimately become somewhat distracted, the crowning achievement of his two months in the role was a widely-publicised row with the […]

The ongoing Commons debate on military action against ISIS could scarcely be more grave — not least because the expected outcome will put British armed forces personnel in harm’s way. It is the convention in such circumstances for MPs put cheap party political barbs to one side. Judging by his moronic intervention in the last few minutes, however, Leicestershire […]

Having already reached a financial settlement, including legal costs, with the vulnerable constituent with whom he pursued a sexual relationship, disgraced Mike Hancock could yet be handed another bill — for £150,000. The figure is the rumoured cost of investigations into his conduct by Portsmouth City Council, for which he was a councillor until defenestrated […]