Having reported Oxfam to regulators for, erm, highlighting drivers of poverty in the UK, the Tories were again using the Charity Commission as a stick to beat opponents last week — by claiming that IPPR is too close to the Labour Party under charity law. Dover MP Charlie Elphicke’s letter the Commission: “The Charity Commission’s own guidance states […]

With ministers under fire for stuffing both departments and arms-length bodies with Tories, Scrapbook has previously quoted Conservative strategist Matthew Elliot, who singled out the appointment of William Shawcross to the Charity Commission as “very good” for right-wingers. The public appointments commissioner obligates ministers — in this case Francis Maude — to publish details of political activity undertaken […]

UPDATE: The wording of our original post below remains unchanged below, but the Commission has been in touch with Scrapbook to clarify that “the charity was actually removed from the online register due to a computer error.  The error doesn’t reflect or change the status of Viva Palestina as a charity.” UPDATE II: The Commission have confirmed that Galloway’s enterprise […]

Having served up one of the worst pieces of legislation in living memory, it’s worthwhile reflecting on the efforts made to silence criticism from one of the main victims Lobbying Bill: the charitable sector. Being published in the July with an almost complete absence of consultation, it took charities a couple of weeks to get to grips […]

A sham charity set up by Liam Fox wined and dined US conservatives in the House of Commons – and dodged its tax bill in the process. “Atlantic Bridge” was set up with the ‘simple aim of “Strengthening the Special Relationship” exemplified by the Reagan-Thatcher partnership of the 1980s’ but was effectively shut down by the […]

Fêted but ultimately fated, Shaun Bailey numbered among the so-called Tatler Tories who failed spectacularly to live up to their hype on May 6th. The self-styled “kid from the estate” featured on Scrapbook during the election in relation to his profligate “charity” in Hammersmith. Accounts for My Generation show the operation could not account for a […]