On 21 December Tom Watson tabled a written question for Eric Pickles asking “what proportion of [DCLG] expenditure on legal fees was allocated to advice in respect of potential defamation cases”. The question explored the possibility that Pickles’ department sought external legal advice on his special advisers’ smears against the Chair of the Audit Commission. We now have our […]

David Cameron has become at least the fifth senior public figure to have private documents revealed by news photographers since May 2008. The prime minister was photographed holding a copy of his defence review speech which appeared to suggest that the budget has been cut by 6% less than expected. The repetitive nature of the error […]

It must be Friday: Sky have published their top-10 “hottest MPs” based on polling from the previous four years (alas without pictures). Burnham and Flint fly the flag for Labour but the eleven finalists (including tied placed) include six Tories and three Lib Dems. A former council leader’s description of John Prescott as “divinely sexy” impressed […]