Plodding backbencher and sidekick to Grant Shapps, Jake Berry MP, looks to be getting nervous about his marginal Lancashire seat — lashing out at local rivals in a smear article on Guido Fawkes. The piece quotes an “anonymous source” on Berry’s northerly neighbour, Blackburn MP Jack Straw and his son Will, who is standing against Berry in 2015: “Like […]

The past twelve months (and prior) have seen several very popular blogs either shut down or change editorial hands. As the year draws to a close, what better opportunity to reflect on those bloggers “no longer with us”. Starring Iain Dale, Tom Harris, Derek Draper and others, we’ve finally completed our end-of-year video. This is our tribute […]

Having played an instrumental role in the resurgence of the UK left online, Scrapbook’s favourite policy-wonk-cum-blogger is leaving Left Foot Forward for think tank land. Will Straw will take up the post of Associate Director for Strategic Development at Labour-linked IPPR.* Joining the more established group blogs Liberal Conspiracy, LabourList and Liberal Democrat Voice, the arrival of Left Foot Forward (and […]

Scrapbook isn’t the first lefty blog to be fisked recently by (the most entertaining) Dizzy Thinks. Our attack video on David Cameron’s lies to pensioners did not impress Mr. Hendren, who described it as a “steaming pile of bullshit”. His argument is that, rather than being axed completely, entitlement to schemes such as bus passes and winter fuel payments […]

Online for a while but launching officially today, Left Foot Forward (twitter) is the latest entrant into an increasingly crowded selection of lefty group blogs. The site takes its inspiration from US blog ThinkProgress, grounding the editorial outlook with a “what we’re fighting for/against” manifesto. In the video below, editor Will Straw sets out the stall for […]