The Tories’ attempts to refer a left-wing think tank to the Charity Commission have backfired in exactly the manner Scrapbook predicted on Tuesday — with an audio recording of David Cameron’s speech to a right-wing counterpart revealing similar links between wonks and Westminster. Conservatives having already installed their placeman as Charity Commission chair, government bag carrier Charlie Elphicke complained about […]

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 […]

You’d hope for their sake that the Tories could find an MP with a better jobs situation in their own constituency to spin the employment statistics. With figures showing a 125,000 drop in unemployment last week, government PPS Charlie Elphicke went out to bat on Politics Home: “The stats released today are so encouraging because they […]