The Respublica think tank — founded by ‘Red Tory’ Phillip Blond — is to launch a report hailing the potential “social good” of the parasitic payday loan industry. That this bonkers notion is seeing the light of day may have something to do with the report being “kindly supported by” the Consumer Finance Association — the, […]

Wrapping street politics and a savvy social media presence in a registered party vehicle, far-right knuckle draggers Britain First are rapidly filling the vacuum left by the now rudderless EDL and BNP. With the parties standing in the Rochester and Strood by-election entitled to a free mail shot delivered to each property in the constituency, Royal Mail are refusing to deliver […]

Brass-necked Mike Hancock is now well and truly back in Westminster, getting his second speech under his belt since he apologised for sickening behaviour towards a vulnerable member of the public. After testing the waters in an Israel/Palestine debate two weeks ago today, he was then spotted on the Lib Dem benches during exchanges on the Recall Bill — right next […]

A Tory who caused outrage by suggesting that gypsy travellers should be “executed” has quit as a councillor. Alan Mellins — who made the comment to shocked colleagues and staff in the middle of a planning scrutiny meeting — issued the following statement: “It was never my intention to cause offence. The remark was irresponsible and […]

Something tells Scrapbook that UKIP’s candidate for South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner might not understand what the role involves. Despite standing for this political position, the first election pledge listed by Jack Clarkson’s campaign is to: “Endeavour to remove political interference from South Yorkshire Police” Presumably he intends to resign if elected, or dissolve the post?

A Commons aide to Tory chairman Grant Shapps appears to have channelled thousands of pounds in campaign donations via his researcher’s flat — using a legal vehicle associated with a controversial loophole in electoral law. Lancashire MP Jake Berry is one of just eight Tories in ‘target holds’ that have received a majority of their declarable donations from unincorporated associations, which can be […]