Having secured just 716 votes as a Lib Dem spoiler candidate in Portsmouth South, former MP Mike Hancock is reportedly off on a jolly round Europe — safe in the knowledge that despite losing his deposit, the mere fact of his kamikaze candidacy guarantees him a £33,000 taxpayer-funded resettlement grant. His plans for his retirement may well raise eyebrows:

UPDATE: Ciarnan Helferty has now referred himself to Amnesty UK internal standards procedures. Full story here. The chair of Britain’s number-one human rights organisation has made a string of mental health jokes on social media, Political Scrapbook can reveal. Despite Amnesty International’s stance on mental health stigma, the chair of its UK board Ciarnan Helferty has filled […]

A debate on mental health yesterday saw brave speeches from both sides of the Commons. But the quote of the week has to go to Tory MP Charles Walker, who described his struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder to his colleagues as follows: “I am delighted to say that I have been a practising fruitcake for 31 years.” He continued […]