Boris Johnson used his “chickenfeed” £250,000-per-annum column in the Daily Telegraph today to lobby for lower taxes for millionaires. With Ed Balls pledging a 50p top rate of income tax for those earning more than £150,000, the alumnus of Eton and the Bullingdon Club thundered: “[Balls and Miliband] don’t understand that our whole economy and […]

A Tory councillor has been caught checking share prices in a meeting about cuts. Photos taken from the public gallery during a Kensington and Chelsea council meeting clearly show Cllr Matthew Palmer perusing charts for various stocks on his council laptop. While members discussed issues such as cuts to mental health services and council enforcement officers, Cllr Palmer […]

Armed police swooped to arrest a Tory councillor in Essex after reports of a fight involving a man carrying a gun. Nick Buckmaster was due in court on a charge of “possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear”, with officers recovering an air gun from the scene of the incident. The Tory’s plea to the […]

Scrapbook has heard some creative permutations of the refrain “… but some of my friends are black” — but the protestations of a Tory candidate in West Hampstead takes the biscuit. Shocked to discover that policies such as the inflammatory ‘Racist Van’ were perceived by some local voters as, errrr, racist, 66 year-old Edward de Mesquita complained […]

Britain’s top civil servant has “reminded” Downing Street staff about security procedures after David Cameron’s director of communications was caught sneaking the Tories’ £500,000 election adviser Lynton Crosby into the back entrance of Number 10, Scrapbook can reveal. The letter from Sir Jeremy Heywood to Labour MP Sheila Gilmore will be seen as a censure for Craig Oliver, […]

A councillor has been ordered to undergo equality training following racist comments about school inner-city school children. With Michael Gove backing plans by a Brixton school to transport students to a site in West Sussex on weekdays, Cllr John Cherry hit the headlines back in April after suggesting black and Pakistani students were lazy — and that […]

The Tory councillor who Scrapbook previously reported was on trial for stealing £153,000 from a helpless 92 year-old woman has been found guilty at Oxford Crown Court.  Charged with managing the finances of his friend Beryl Gittens, who has since died, John Morgan instead wasted her money on gambling — including a spree in Las Vegas — […]

Cabinet minister Justine Greening writes to police on cuts Requests data for her local area after pressure from public But document leaks after her staff send it to the wrong printer Cabinet-level concerns over police cuts can be laid bare — with Justine Greening writing to the Metropolitan Police to ask them about police numbers […]

Tory-run Staffordshire County council have certainly chosen an interesting stock photo for the front of their My Staffordshire freesheet. With labour market restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians poised to be lifted in January, a feature on employment in the county is illustrated by a picture of a middle aged white man firmly dismissing a darker-skinned man. In […]