Back in January, Vince Cable was forced to apologise after Scrapbook provided the parliamentary standards watchdog with evidence that the then cabinet minister had failed to declare a donation of £6,000 in private polling commissioned during a botched coup against Nick Clegg.
Scrapbook is considering taking out a subscription to the seriously gossipy Liberator Magazine, who report on grumblings from (now former) Lib Dem MPs over gross misdirection of resources in the run up to the close of polls last month:
Having (finally) been cut loose by the UK Lib Dems, the news that Mike Hancock was a self confessed constituent-interferer had not reached as far as Strasbourg last November — which might be why he was allowed to represent the Council of Europe’s Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group on a junket to the United Nations in New […]
News broke at the weekend that the boss of Lib Dem wonkers CentreForum has “resigned” as chief executive — just as the think tank became a safe berth for the newly unemployed David Laws:
Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has been found dead at his home aged 55. Opponent of the Iraq war (and of the his party’s pact with the Conservatives) Kennedy was the most electorally successful Liberal leader since Asquith in the 1920s and a true natural in a way that few politicians are.
Youth dropped trousers as Clegg left Solihull. DPM patted him on shoulder and moved on. @JBPhotoPA got the shot. pic.twitter.com/GY5N1KBH5S — David Hughes (@DavidHughesPA) May 1, 2015
Edging Labour by just a singe point in Lord Ashcroft’s constituency polling from January, government minister and serial fibber Simon Hughes seems to have hit upon a novel way to maximise the political utility of old campaign signs — painting over the bit which mentions the Lib Dems! Spot the Difference! Before, "Simon Hughes & the Liberal Democrats". […]
The National Union of Students are to erect billboards and send ad vans to Nick Clegg’s constituency — targeting the deputy prime minister amongst other MPs who they claim “traded lies for power” over tuition fees.
With a dangerously tight election battle raging in his seat of Sheffield Hallam, Nick Clegg has demonstrated his utter contempt for voters in the most student populated area of the constituency — by sending a 22 year-old wannabe councillor to represent him at a hustings on Sunday.
The so-called ‘short campaign’ is a major test for Part 2 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act — AKA the gagging law — which brought in an onerous compliance regime and spending limits for the activities of charities and campaign groups. The message: if you’re not a political party then STFU.