Plodding backbencher and sidekick to Grant Shapps, Jake Berry MP, looks to be getting nervous about his marginal Lancashire seat — lashing out at local rivals in a smear article on Guido Fawkes. The piece quotes an “anonymous source” on Berry’s northerly neighbour, Blackburn MP Jack Straw and his son Will, who is standing against Berry in 2015: “Like […]

Mark E. Smith of post-punk band The Fall was asked in Saturday’s Guardian what his ideal fancy dress kit would be. The gnarled Mancunian responded: “A Jack Straw outfit, including voice and face.” Conversely, Scrapbook would be fascinated to hear what a Jack Straw punk band would sound like. Perhaps some form of role-swapping TV documentary is […]

Yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons on the Parliamentary Voting and Constituencies Bill found Jack Straw on fine form. In what was one of his final performances at the despatch box the man presently styled as “Shadow Deputy Prime Minister” has clearly checked out. While accepting an intervention it was  unclear whether he was […]

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson has declared he is to run for the Shadow Cabinet in the forthcoming elections. It had previously been thought that Mr. Johnson would follow top-cabinet colleagues like Alastair Darling and Jack Straw in stepping back from the political front line. Johnson’s decision could potentially scupper the Shadow Cabinet plans of […]

The former British ambassador and connoisseur of Tashkent strip clubs Craig Murray famously stood against Jack Straw in the 2005 general election. Apparently still consumed with bitterness towards his former boss, Murray again weighed into the recent contest in Blackburn, backing an apparently “credible and impressive” independent candidate and even travelling to Lancashire to speak at an election event. […]

It’s probably quicker and easier to burn that £500, but many with more money than sense prefer to blow the money on a deposit in order to humiliate themselves as hopeless independent candidates.* In the run up to the general election Scrapbook will be paying tribute to these kamikaze politicos with this irregular feature. The man […]

The addition of Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi to BBC Question Time on 22 October completes a lineup of Chris Huhne, Jack Straw and Bonnie Greer to appear alongside BNP leader Nick Griffin. Reaction on the blogs has been mute, with Sunny Hundal questioning the appropriateness of a softly spoken, middle class American playwright (flanked by […]