So apparently Nigel Farage is running Britain’s foreign policy. Frightened witless by the rise of UKIP, the Tories’ Brussels contingent have now abstained from the vote to approve the new European commission in a massive snub to their own candidate, former Lords leader Jonathan Hill, and David Cameron — who just two days ago was applying pressure for […]

David Cameron’s nominee for the European Commission has been forced to announce the sale of his £375,000 shares in a lobbying group — just hours after Scrapbook highlighted a serious conflict of interest. NEW → Cameron's nominee for European commissioner holds shares in multiple EU lobbying firms http://t.co/E0eXrwlBpa — Political Scrapbook (@PSbook) July 16, 2014 .@David_Cameron You did […]

In what could be the Tories’ second high profile appointments cock-up this week, it turns out that David Cameron’s nominee for the UK’s next European commissioner owns shares in multiple EU lobbying firms. Before leading the House of Lords, Lord (Jonathan) Hill had an extremely lucrative career as a lobbyist, co-founding the public affairs outfit Quiller. He now has a stake in […]

A private equity tycoon linked to £300,000 in donations to the Conservative Party has been given a peerage and a job in government. John Nash is the new education minister, replacing Lord Hill — the peer who tried (and ineptly failed) to resign from the government but has now finds himself the Tories’ leader in the Other Place. […]