Kevin Maguire is Associate Editor (Politics) on the Daily Mirror and author of our Commons Confidential column on the high politics and low life in Westminster. An award-winning journalist, he is in frequent demand on television and radio and co-authored a book on great parliamentary scandals. He was formerly Chief Reporter on the Guardian and Labour Correspondent on the Daily Telegraph.
Commons Confidential is back - and it's just in time for the Labour leadership result. . .
Don’t the Tories expel members who fund rival parties?
Pick of the best gossip from Westminster.
Asked if the cross-dressing potter Grayson Perry could join the fun, the DMA’s general secretary, Dave Hopper, replied: “We’ve got nee problem with him. It’s the Labour f***ers we never see that I object to.”
The Prime Minister’s closest circle accuses his wannabe successor of dyeing his hair.
The North Somerset MP’s wife calls his phone “Teddy” – he takes it to bed with him.
Money raised goes into a “fightback” fund – although the flattened Lib Dems will need more than the odd jumble sale to rise, Lazarus-like, from the dead.
Boris, of course, needs votes to appear on the ballot when Tory members come to pick a new leader. Putting their backs up is dangerous.
The Tory dirty tricks department is preparing an onslaught in case Burnham is crowned leader.
Plus: Ashcroft's marketing quandries and a Dennis Skinner raiding party.