Controversy over Emily Thornberry’s relationship with law firm Leigh Day won’t be the last outing for the tawdry practice of monied vested interests supplying staff to resource-starved shadow ministers — giving them a member of staff in Westminster and the inside track on policy development.

Last year the Liberal Democrat frontbencher Jenny Willot had the cheek to claim that “Labour are failing on ethnic minority employment”. Perhaps the so-called ‘real opposition’ should start by employing some ethnic minorities on their own green benches? As Iain Dale blogged yesterday, Liberal Democrats do not have a single MP (or MEP for that matter) from […]