Vince Cable has failed to declare expensive polling of his constituency provided privately by his friend Lord Oakeshott. Surveys carried out by ICM and funded by the wealthy peer were a cornerstone of an abortive coup attempt against Nick Clegg — but haven’t yet appeared on the relevant parliamentary register. Along with a survey of his PPS Tessa […]

As Michael Crick observed earlier this week, a private constituency poll is a substantial donation-in-kind which should be declared as an interest by any MP lucky enough to receive one: Presumably Vince Cable was about to declare on right registers the gift of a expensive poll in Twickenham from his friend Matthew Oakeshott — Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) May […]

A former Liberal Democrat council candidate is under investigation by police after Political Scrapbook exposed a series of vicious Islamophobic comments on his Facebook page. The probe into the so-called “Redcar racist”, Dave Stones, comes after a concerted effort by Nick Clegg’s office and party HQ to ignore the issue. Scrapbook revealed Mr Stones’ comments last month, when […]

The Liberal Democrats have lost a previously safe council seat after Political Scrapbook published a series of shocking islamophobic comments from their candidate. Dave Stones’ sick remarks came to light two weeks ago and were resolutely ignored by Lib Dem senior leadership despite overwhelming criticism from a host of anti-racism institutions. Although appearing on leaflets, […]

Teeside MP Ian Swales has been stonewalling all requests for comment after a string of shocking remarks by a Liberal Democrat colleague led to a race row. Now we know why. Swales, who represents Redcar, has appeared on campaign literature proudly supporting the by-election candidate who Scrapbook last week exposed for a series of vile Islamophobic comments on […]

Liberal Democrats across the North East have gone into hiding over Islamophobic comments from one of their own candidates, with the local MP, MEP and chair of the regional party refusing to say whether they still support the so-called “Redcar racist” Dave Stones, who ranted that a topless bar and pork restaurant should be built […]

A bitter row has ensued up in the North East after Redcar MP Ian Swales broke his pre-election pledge to publish expenses on his personal website. But perhaps his reluctance to put his claims somewhere his constituents might easily scrutinise them relates to them footing the bill for Liberal Democrat propaganda. Swales is now under investigation by the […]