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, […]

Join @grantshapps @nickdebois and now @RebeccaHarrisMP this Saturday in Enfield! Sign up: https://t.co/51kc1ZqLmA http://t.co/3LxyTrShRm — Tory Chairman (@ToryChairman) April 24, 2014 In keeping with the action movie production, presumably “Stinking Rich” Shapps will be arriving in one of his two planes.

Tory chairman Grant Shapps could be moving to neutralise nascent plots against him from the Tory backbenches. In the wake of his bingo poster disaster, Scrapbook reported claims of “a wave of PR and press shit” headed Shapps’ way from right-wingers who “want a better chairman before 2015″. Lo and behold … Grant Shapps spotted having dinner with some […]

Expectations that Lynton Crosby might wrest total control of CCHQ from Grant Shapps were tempered with the news that Crosby (along with Osborne) had also signed off on the now notorious ‘patronising bingo advert’. Michael Green Shapps won’t be sleeping easy, however, with claims from the seriously underrated Blue Guerilla blog that a group right-wing MPs have got […]