Tales of Silvio Berlusconi’s womanising and “bunga bunga parties” are manifold. But it was hitherto unknown that The Great Seducer was given to asking foreign leaders for celebrities’ personal contact details. Speaking at a private lunch for the asset management firm Carlyle Group in Paris this week, Gordon Brown revealed that Berlusconi had approached him […]

News International today savoured revenge on Vince Cable in the form of The Sun’s attack on the business secretary for dumping unshredded personal documents outside of his constituency office. Approached for comment yesterday, Scrapbook wonders whether Vince’s team recalled their own high-horsery over data security. Laying the blame for the loss of 25 million tax […]

Accused over their front-page splash revealing confidential details on the health of Gordon Brown’s disabled son, The Sun has resorted to invoking its relationship with a charity in a desperate bid to stem the backlash. But a source from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has described allusions to a formal relationship as “misleading”. Yesterday, Brown spoke […]

The Guardian are reporting that Gordon Brown and his family were the subject of a News International hacking and blagging operation which targeted bank accounts, legal files and his son’s medical records. Revelations that The Sun obtained access to Fraser Brown’s confidential health files — while he was still an infant — may lead to […]

A cabinet minister, senior local government staff, councillors and other MPs were among those to have received letters from bogus Downing Street officials on the basis of “security”, Political Scrapbook can reveal. The full list of “computer generated” pseudonyms, introduced in 2005 after a civil servant was targeted by a member of the public at […]

Chris Grayling is facing calls for a sleaze probe over potential breaches of the ministerial code after the DWP minister named a £28,000 donor to his private office as a preferred bidder on government contracts worth millions. This week’s development is not without irony, however, given Grayling’s previous role as one of the Tories’ main attack dogs on breaches […]

Days after making his first Commons speech since Labour’s election defeat in May, Gordon Brown is to make his debut on Twitter. Harnessing the power of his wife’s 1.1 million followers, the former PM will be guest editing the @SarahBrownUK account, focusing on the issue of Burma: Senior General Than Shwe declined Scrapbook’s request for […]