The grand delusions of Tory chairman Grant Shapps

Winston Churchill

Every party needs a warm-up act. Just not one who looks like Bobby Davro, without the gravitas. Grant Shapps is a man with the unusual gift of making people believe the exact opposite of what he is saying; not a quality that is normally on the job description for a Conservative party chairman.

Nigel Farage in talks with Rupert Murdoch

Nigel Farage during a Facebook chat

Nigel Farage has had a "good chat" with Rupert Murdoch about the defection of Tory MPs to the anti-EU party, the Ukip leader has disclosed, in a development set to cause concern for the prime minister.