A UKIP candidate, who was suspended from the party for his 4,500 word ‘personal manifesto’ suggesting that all abortions should be compulsory for foetus’ with Down’s syndrome, will still be running in Kent’s by-election tomorrow. Clarke’s foam-at-the-mouth rant called disabled babies a “burden on the state”: “Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as […]

Despite odd’s on Respect being slashed yesterday, there’s one major reason why George Galloway’s party doesn’t stand a chance in tomorrow’s Rotherham by-election — and it isn’t because their campaign office was still locked at 9:30 this morning (above). Some have correctly observed that George Galloway’s coup in Bradford marked “the beginning of the end of Labour’s […]

After jetting off to New York and leaving Cameron with an embarrassing by-election disaster, former Corby MP Louise Mensch has been trying to rewrite history on her quixotic Westminster ambitions, telling Newsnight on Friday: “Contrary to massive public rumour, I have never wanted to be a minister” In an interview to accompany a glossy photo shoot for the February edition […]

It seems that Spelthorne Borough Council are not the only Conservative local authority who see no problem with giving public platforms to their own candidates — the London Borough of Croydon apparently has given Iain Duncan Smith a platform to promote the Tory by-election candidate. A local news and politics blog reports that IDS was […]

With Labour’s controversial selection process for Rotherham culminating in a walk-out by local party members last night, questions have been asked as to why the leading local candidate was excluded from the shortlist after Labour sources claimed they needed “a clean break from the past”. Having a literally glittering record for his ten years on […]

Winston McKenzie, standing for UKIP in the upcoming by election for Croydon North, doesn’t seem to have been knocked back by his 2005 rejection from the X-Factor though, as three years later he appears rapping about his electoral appeal. The video dates from McKenzie’s 2008 London Mayoral bid, then standing as an independent. Though initially fluent in […]

With reports that David Cameron “cannot be bothered” to attend the Feltham and Heston by-election, those wanting further evidence of the contempt in which some Conservatives hold voters need look no further than Steve Baker MP, who took to Twitter earlier today to attack a voter’s house as the “scruffiest” he had seen. Baker, who represents […]

Scottish Labour MP David Cairns has died suddenly aged 44. The loss leaves a grieving Scottish Labour Party hoping to avoid a repeat of the Glasgow East by-election in 2008, where a supposedly safe Westminster seat was lost to the SNP. Labour regained the seat with a substantial majority in 2010, but the 42% turnout […]

With UKIP outspending the Conservatives in January’s Oldham by-election one might assume they deployed similar largesse to secure a shock second place in Barnsley Central last week. Denying an obvious excuse for the Conservatives’ (bad) and Liberal Democrats’ (appalling) results, however, a senior UKIP source told Scrapbook the party spent “about half as much”. While official figures from Oldham show […]