Today’s attack on poverty food writer and single mum Jack Monroe showcases how threatened the Conservatives are by anyone with a platform to tell their own experiences of austerity. But while Priti Patel MP attempts use the Daily Mail to smear Monroe as some kind of fake, Mirror political editor Jason Beattie reminds us that she actually addressed a fringe event […]

The “emotional” Thatcher tribute screened at the start of Tory conference is bulging at the seams with exactly the kind of dinosaurs (Lord Young, Michael Howard), Thatcher obsessives (Conor Burns, John Whittingdale) and headbangers (Priti Patel) that have given Cameroons sleepless nights. And while the sound bites were on message for grassroots members (average age 68), the star […]

It took David Cameron three years, four months and 16 days from telling DECC civil servants that the coalition would be the “greenest government ever” to his  secretary of state for environment, Owen Paterson, speaking about the upsides of climate change: “Remember that for humans, the biggest cause of death is cold in winter, far bigger than […]

Three months after being exposed by Scrapbook for his lavish expenditure at Conservative Party conference, the leader of Birmingham City Council is once again on the back foot for wasting taxpayers’ money on luxury accommodation. Mike Whitby was dubbed “Micky Two Rooms” after he rented two king king size pads to create a suite for himself at the party’s main […]

The Birmingham Mail recently highlighted the case of City Council leader Mike Whitby, who used the plush Hyatt hotel at Conservative conference despite his having access to a 24-hour chauffer driven car and living less than four miles away from the venue. Scrapbook can reveal that the total cost to taxpayers of the Tory leader’s extravagance was £2,240. Documents obtained under […]

A number of Scrapbook’s friends remarked on the debut performance of MC Cameroon in Birmingham’s ICC on Tuesday. The Guardian’s politics blog reports: Dozens of posts on Twitter commented – none too favourably – on Cameron’s attempt to rap some of his oratory, and the political commentator John Rentoul identified two “rap” sections of “fast-paced rhythmic […]

In his conference speech yesterday, David Cameron praised 97 year old activist Harry Beckough for his service to the Tories down the years. As Guido has observed, Sky News ran a less than smooth live interview with Beckough, in which Kay Burley oscillates between patronising the nonagenarian (“you didn’t have 24-hour news when you first started!”) and getting her […]