Destination Truth

No, it's not an article about the Freedom of Information Act

It is, however, an article about... THE MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM.

That's right, you heard me.

Slight hitch: said worm (anything up to five feet long, possibly red, possibly black) has never actually been found, although the classic reality TV series "Desination Truth" had a really good go at it in 2007, apparently. But as the UB Post, Mongolia's only independent English semi-weekly newspaper, reveals: Although, scientists from many counties such as Russian, France and Czech's scientists came to find the worm in Mongolia, nobody of them could not see that worm.

By the way, definitely watch the video of Destination Truth's intrepid explorer Josh (and his necklace) introducing his team. It shows clips of crazy Josh EATING A BIG SPIDER. And he says things like "We're going to try and pull off an incredible paranormal investigation".

Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

Grant Shapps on the campaign trail. Photo: Getty
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Grant Shapps resigns over Tory youth wing bullying scandal

The minister, formerly party chaiman, has resigned over allegations made against a Tory activist. 

Grant Shapps, who was a key figure in the Tory general election campaign, has resigned following allegations about a bullying scandal among Conservative activists.

Shapps was formerly party chairman, but was demoted to international development minister after May. His formal statement is expected shortly.

The resignation follows lurid claims about bullying and blackmail among Tory activists. One, Mark Clarke, has been accused of putting pressure on a fellow activist who complained about his behaviour. The complainant later killed himself.

The junior Treasury minister Robert Halfon also revealed that he had an affair with a young activist after threats after he was warned that Clarke planned to blackmail him over the relationship.

Today, the Guardian published an emotional interview with the parents of 21-year-old Elliot Johnson, the activist who killed himself, in which they called for Shapps to consider his position.

They claimed that Shapps and co-chair Andrew Feldman had failed to act on complaints made against Clarke. 

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.