A Tory councillor could be facing a massive bill for replacement dentures — after being accused of striking an elderly UKIP candidate in the face.
Cllr Penny Jackman was arrested on suspicion of the assault of 75 year-old Mike Beggs but not charged — so her ‘victim’ is pursuing a civil case after claiming damage to his four tooth bridge and sleepless nights.
Cllr Jackman refused to quit her role on New Forest District Council and tried to describe the incident as a private matter — despite it occurring at an, errrr, local by-election count in front of shocked observers:
“I really regret my outburst. I wish I hadn’t done it.”
A two day hearing scheduled for today has been delayed because no judge was available.
Perhaps a good case for Michael Gove to cite in his new crusade against judicial waste?
Scrapbook is considering taking out a subscription to the seriously gossipy Liberator Magazine, who report on grumblings from (now former) Lib Dem MPs over gross misdirection of resources in the run up to the close of polls last month:
A newly elected Tory MP is set to rake in nearly £100,000-a-year after refusing to quit two other elected positions on the London Assembly and a borough council.
And with claims that Cllr Lady Victoria Borwick AM MP cannot possibly perform all three roles properly, Political Scrapbook has uncovered evidence that the ‘triple dipper’ was last year appointed to a key council committee and then failed to turn up to a single meeting.
Former Cabinet Office minister (now globe-trotting trade minister) Francis Maude wrote in November 2010 on the Tories’ commitment to transparency:
During the election David Cameron told working parents that they could save £5,000 per year under the Tories — and that child benefit would be protected:
Having (finally) been cut loose by the UK Lib Dems, the news that Mike Hancock was a self confessed constituent-interferer had not reached as far as Strasbourg last November — which might be why he was allowed to represent the Council of Europe’s Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group on a junket to the United Nations in New York.
The programme for the trip — a £5,500 bill for which was picked up by the British taxpayer — lists meetings with a string of dignitaries, including:
Scrapbook wonders whether Russophile Hancock had the opportunity to discuss the maintenance of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
The editor of Birmingham’s biggest newspaper has complained to home secretary Theresa May after one of his reporters was banned from putting questions to the region’s police and crime commissioner.
An Eton-educated hereditary peer and Tory minister raised eyebrows in the House of Lords yesterday, apparently beginning a reference to ‘the lower classes’ or ‘the lower orders’ — before correcting himself to say “the poorest”.
News broke at the weekend that the boss of Lib Dem wonkers CentreForum has “resigned” as chief executive — just as the think tank became a safe berth for the newly unemployed David Laws: