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?

Victoria Borwick

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.

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Mike Hancock United Nations

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:

Parliamentary Assembly NYC trip

Scrapbook wonders whether Russophile Hancock had the opportunity to discuss the maintenance of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.