Tory chairman Grant Shapps has raised eyebrows by denying that their American adviser Jim Messina is involved in targeting groups of voters, claiming instead that ex-Obama guru — one of the world’s most expensive political consultants — has instead been helping to, errrrr, organise campaign road trips for young Tory Boys (and girls). His claims come after Scrapbook revealed that Messina […]

They’ve already been accused of trying to “buy the general election” by quietly raising the legal spending limit by £6.2 million to £32.7m in the face of concerns from the Electoral Commission over ‘undue influence’. The party has reportedly amassed a war chest of more than £70 million. So if you want a flavour of how much cash Tories could be splashing […]

The Conservative Party have strenuously denied breaking the law by spending more than permitted in the Rochester and Strood by-election. Spending returns for the clash with UKIP defector Mark Reckless — obtained exclusively by Political Scrapbook — show that the party claim to have splurged £96,793.08 on the contest — about £3,000 short of the £100,000 limit. But the […]

Just hours after Political Scrapbook published photos of UKIP posters in the windows of properties on a leaked BNP members list comes this, courtesy of Britain First (now with a scary 580,000 followers on Facebook): “Our aim in this election was to gain attention and to bolster the UKIP campaign. On both counts, it seems we were successful. Good luck […]

The best political literature is packed with endorsements from the candidate’s friends pillars of the local community, and UKIP’s material for the final week of the Rochester and Strood by-election is no different. Mark Reckless’ public supporters include “local author and resident” Kevin Payne. Election experts have claimed that UKIP have harnessed the anger so-called ‘left behind voters’. According to Payne, […]

With under a week to go until polling day in Rochester and Strood, the Tories are ramping up their attacks on UKIP defector Mark Reckless. Not only does their latest leaflet (above) recall the most notorious campaign literature in British by-election history — but attacks him for having the CV of a not untypical Tory MP: Born […]

While coherence isn’t Paul Golding’s strong suit, it’s hard to read this megaphone rant over the weekend as anything other than an endorsement of UKIP’s by-election campaign from the Britain First chairman: “You lot are going to have that smile wiped from your face when you have the patriotic right-wing MP “The people don’t want Labour in Medway — that’s […]

Wrapping street politics and a savvy social media presence in a registered party vehicle, far-right knuckle draggers Britain First are rapidly filling the vacuum left by the now rudderless EDL and BNP. With the parties standing in the Rochester and Strood by-election entitled to a free mail shot delivered to each property in the constituency, Royal Mail are refusing to deliver […]

Tory councillor Kelly Tolhurst has won the ‘open primary’ in Rochester and Strood. With a six-figure cost and a five-figure turnout, the postal ballot of every voter in the constituency has set the Conservative Party around back £18 per vote — so it’s just as well they don’t plan on declaring it as an election expense! […]

A fun day out was had by all at the Rochester and Strood Conservative Association annual summer garden party at the weekend. Here one attendee is pictured beaming alongside local MP Mark ‘I was too drunk to vote on the budget’ Reckless. This certainly isn’t the first time that the woman in question has been pictured with […]