Tories and scandal (go together like a horse and carriage)

Mike Sivier's blog

Scene of the - er - indiscretions: The Light ApartHotel in Manchester. [Image: Sunday Mirror.] Scene of the – er – indiscretions: The Light ApartHotel in Manchester. [Image: Sunday Mirror.] The Party of Sleaze shoots itself in the foot yet again.

It seems the Conservative Party has been keeping documentary evidence of Tory MPs’ indiscretions, crimes and bad behaviour in a “black book” (actually a blue folder), but this has now been destroyed for fear that the Party might be forced to reveal its contents under the Freedom of Information Act.

The information in the “book”, which was destroyed a little more than four years ago as the Tories prepared for the 2010 general election, was used by party whips – its official title was “Whips’ Notes” – if they needed to persuade a colleague to support legislation they opposed, or a minister under fire.

Sources within the Conservative Party say this persuasion did not go as far as blackmail – although you are perfectly…

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