In a classic unforced error, Tory chairman Grant Shapps is spinning himself into a corner after threatening a constituent who referenced his controversial pseudonym ‘Michael Green’. Representatives of Shapps have since told Scrapbook that: “[Grant Shapps] has written business books under a pen name … but was studious in publishing his full name and biography alongside” Oh, yeah? […]

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps threatened a constituent who referenced his controversial alter ego ‘Michael Green’, Political Scrapbook can reveal.  The Hertfordshire MP recently posted the following response on Facebook after taking umbrage at the suggestion that his use of the pseudonym — which he used to promote a series of reputationally toxic ‘get rich quick’ schemes — was dishonest: From the looks of the […]

There’s a by-election on and the Tories are expected to lose to UKIP. In such circumstances one might assume that the chairman of the Conservative Party is manning the barricades in Kent — but he’s actually at an internet conference in Dublin. "I'm a geek." Grant Shapps speaks at Dublin #websummit pic.twitter.com/ZQt1DAZNGE — thinktankreview (@thinktankreview) November 5, […]

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 […]

A political ally of Tory chairman Grant Shapps is under pressure to resign over allegations linking him to the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.  The relationship between Savile and Alan Franey — now the deputy leader of Shapps’ local council and a police and crime panel member — was the subject of harsh scrutiny by an official […]

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has his personal election campaigns bankrolled by a secretive club fined by regulators after failing to submit financial returns for more than four years. Funds transferred to his Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Association total some £140,000 since Shapps has been a candidate in the constituency. Scrapbook reported earlier this month that Conservative Club (Hatfield) Ltd — a members’ […]

The influence of Tory HQ can be felt on the selection to replace disgraced Nazi uniform enthusiast Aidan Burley MP — with the Conservatives picking an ally of Grant Shapps’ parliamentary bag carrier as their new candidate in Cannock Chase. While announcements for the selection of Amanda Milling (above with Boris) featured the usual spin about her tenuous connections with the […]

The background isn’t clear, but the Welwyn Hatfield times is reporting that the Tory chairman’s local Conservative club — listed as the HQ of his local party — has been slapped with £3,000 worth of fines: “Hatfield’s club appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Friday after not supplying information to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for 2010, […]