David Cameron’s controversial adviser Lynton Crosby is set for a cash windfall with the election of Tony Abbott’s new Liberal government in Australia. New filings to the Australian lobbyists register reveal that CrosbyTextor — a firm Crosby owns jointly with pollster Mark Textor — has increased its portfolio of clients from, errrr, zero to twenty. While […]

With the Home Office’s Twitter feed descending into the gutter yesterday, the presence of one particular foreign national in the UK has coincided with a shift in government rhetoric which charities claim could “incite racial tensions”. Cameron’s adviser Lynton Crosby has a long and shameful history of stirring up anti-immigrant rhetoric.

So David Cameron has now been asked (at least 12 times) whether he discussed cigarette packaging legislation with his tobacco lobbyist adviser and has refused to give a straight answer — even attempting to compare Crosby’s activities with Tony Blair’s role as Middle East envoy. Evasiveness over Lynton Crosby may be a new phenomenon to Westminster […]

There have been several stories in recent weeks regarding Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby’s commercial interests. Crosby is already in the firing line over alcohol pricing, plain packs for cigarettes and now the Syrian civil war — all areas in which he has clients and in which government policy has changed. But there’s another client (or former client) has been so […]

As if his party management problems weren’t bad enough already, polling data on gay marriage is piling on the pain for David Cameron. A YouGov survey shows that marriage equality is winning out amongst supporters of the three major parties … but not with UKIP voters, where 62% are in opposition to the measure. In contrast with […]

Though Boris Johnson’s campaign manager refuses to reveal the clients of his shadowy lobbying firm — pointedly refusing to answer Scrapbook’s questions about conflicts of interest in the capital — official Parliamentary documents reveal that Lynton Crosby was in the pay of Tory donor Michael Hintze — a long-standing benefactor of Liam Fox and Adam Werritty. […]

As the lobbying activities of Boris Johnson’s campaign manager come under scrutiny, it’s worth remembering that it was the Mayor himself, only months after the election, who changed guidelines on PR contacts to reduce transparency. Boris was heavily criticised back in 2008 for tearing up City Hall’s rulebook on public communications contracts. Swimming against mainstream thinking […]

Whilst the London mayoral election rages on, Lynton Crosby, the shadowy lobbyist who runs Boris’ reelection campaign, is suing an Australian MP over a message on Twitter. Crosby and his business partner Mark Textor are seeking aggravated damages from Mike Kelly, a Labor MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, claiming that one of his tweets […]

CTF Partners shuns lobbying transparency initiatives Refused to answer questions on City Hall meetings Campaign director and deputy are partners in company The corporate lobbying firm running Boris Johnson’s election campaign refuses to publish its list of clients — despite mounting industry pressure and wider concern over cash-for-influence and conflicts of interest within politics. Although […]