Having quit the government over the Tory bullying scandal, Grant Shapps’ first stab at rehabilitation (and possibly a cushy directorship) comes in the form of a new report into the UK’s broadband:
Writing for ConservativeHome, Grant Shapps’ former top advisor seems keen for his old boss to take credit for the parts of the election campaign which worked, but strangely not for a new IT system which went into meltdown on polling day — leaving Tory activists across the country unable to print vital ‘get out the vote’ data.
Sublime. With Grant Shapps sacked as Tory chairman (a role in which he was entitled to attend cabinet) his new boss at the Department for International Development is Justine Greening — to whose Wikipedia page he has been accused of adding criticism.
With Grant Shapps pulling out of pre-scheduled events in the wake of the latest allegations against him, Michael Green — the man who has adopted Shapps’ pseudonym to challenge him in the election — has been banned from appearing alongside the Tory chairman at a hustings in Welwyn Hatfield.
On the front of two national newspapers last night, Grant Shapps hit Newsnight to deny adding negative info to Wikipedia pages of cabinet rivals — attempting to blame the whole thing on blogger Tim Ireland.
Scrapbook’s editor is acting as election agent for one Michael Green, a candidate who changed his name via deed poll to stand against Grant Shapps — using the moniker employed by the Tory chairman for his dodgy internet marketing business. Cue widespread mirth from the fourth estate, among others:
The already threadbare reputation of Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps was further damaged today — with claims made to defend against initial questions over his honesty being exposed as utter bunkum. Grant Shapps’ lawyers’ letter to this website, 29 October 2014: “Our client has written business books under his pen name (Mr Green); but was studious in publishing his full name and biography […]
Embattled Tory chairman Grant Shapps has become such a liability that his party have pulled him from a high-profile media appearance. Shapps was billed to appear on BBC Three’s youth discussion programme Free Speech, which promised an “unscripted hour of tough and uncensored questions”. The programme listing was updated this morning to show that Shapps has been replaced by junior minister […]
Excerpts from the most cringeworthy Grant Shapps website yet uncovered can tonight be exclusively re-published by Political Scrapbook. Promoting a get-rich-quick guide entitled ‘How To Become Stinking Filthy Rich Online’, the Tory chairman made a series of toe-curling boasts about his own wealth — while posing for pictures in his convertible sports car and private plane. Operating under his pseudonym Michael Green to […]