With Ed Miliband planning a crackdown on the big money second jobs undertaken by many MPs, there’s no time to waste for members wishing to top up their meagre £66,396 salary. So it’s lucky for David Blunkett that he had already joined the advisory board of a City wealth management firm earlier in the week. Oracle Capital provide […]

Nick Clegg’s grasp of economics has been called into question after he was found to have exaggerated the level of Sheffield Council’s cash reserves by more than £120m in an attack on his own city’s leaders. In an open letter, the Sheffield Hallam MP accused the council of sitting on £167m in “usable reserves” which could […]

Further to our post yesterday on quotes invented by the Daily Mail, the Scrapbook team have been poring over the details of the more amusing cases released by the Press Complaints Commission; David Blunkett’s dispute with the Sheffield Star is one of them. The member for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough and former home secretary claimed […]

Chris Grayling is facing calls for a sleaze probe over potential breaches of the ministerial code after the DWP minister named a £28,000 donor to his private office as a preferred bidder on government contracts worth millions. This week’s development is not without irony, however, given Grayling’s previous role as one of the Tories’ main attack dogs on breaches […]

It may have something to do with Westminster’s exodus for Cliff Richards’ villa a yacht in Corfu the outskirts of Dear Old Blighty, but Scrapbook can’t help noticing the number of bloggers on the airwaves of late. Tory Bear’s hour-long LBC love-in with Red Ken on Saturday morning was followed by the appearance of not one but three online hacks […]