MARX & SPARKS
Shadow chancellor John ‘anti-austerity’ McDonnell puts himself at odds with friendly economists by backing George Osborne’s ‘budget charter’.
CALLED TO ORDURE
Gavel Basher on how Lord Ashcroft’s hatchet job on the PM had Lord Ashdown of Pantsdown and press reform hypocrites salivating wildly.
LIB DEM LOBBYING
As Tim Farron takes his party leftwards, two prominent Lib Dems leave Westminster to… go and lobby for the banks.
A CUNNINGHAM PLAN…
Home Office insider Fiona Cunningham, who had to resign after briefing against Michael Gove, takes her skills to the world of corporate lobbying.
Despite a UK obesity epidemic, both Labour and Tories put out the welcome mat for the Food and Drink Federation at their party conferences.
DUPE OF THE DUP
The Lords appointments commission flexes its muscles again by vetoing a place in the upper chamber for Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson.
Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, both caught in a lobbying sting, are back on track for the Lords thanks to ‘standards’ chair Sir Kevin Barron.
THE NEW BOYS AND GIRLS
Tommy Sheppard, the ex-Labourite turned SNP MP for Edinburgh East, whose politics now look closer to those of Jeremy Corbyn.