Wednesday, 28 October 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Elliott Johnson's Father Slams Clarke's 'Powerful' Backers in Letter to Tory High Command.



  • Father of Tory activist who committed suicide fears inquiry will be a whitewash

  • Mr Johnson thinks Clarke has political support 'at a higher level'

  • Calls for a full police investigation

  • Tells of 'Shock' at treatment of activists seen as 'Fodder'


RAY JOHNSON, the father of young Tory activist Elliott Johnson who recently committed suicide amid claims he was the victim of a bullying campaign, has written to Conservative Party Chairman Lord Feldman and CCHQ calling on them to hand over all the evidence regarding circumstances surrounding the suicide of his son to the Metropolitan Police, TBG can reveal.

Mr Johnson says he was "shocked" to learn about the culture of fear on the Conservative Party's general election campaign machine RoadTrip, accusing the party of failing in its duty of care and treating its young activists as, "Fodder in the pursuit of electoral victory."

Ray told TBG he was, "Pleased that young activists are finally finding the courage to raise their concerns and experiences of bullying and intimidation that has been going on within CCHQ, and, it seems CF."

TBG understands that Elliot's family heard through the national press that CCHQ were planning an internal inquiry led by Edward Legard and claims the Party didn't even offer its condolences regarding Elliott's death, on September 15, until October 5th.

Elliott's Father notes in his letter that he is convinced Mark Clarke's reappointment as RoadTrip2020 director "suggests he has political support at a higher level".

Mr Johnson told TBG that he doubts that the inquiry, "Will get to the root cause of the problem, or uncover those 'behind' Mark Clarke and his known accomplices. I believe that Clarke had powerful backers. I don't know for certain who Clarke's backers are, but the names of Emma Pidding and Grant Shapps keep cropping up."

"I think that now is the time for the Conservative party to call in the Metropolitan Police, for a full investigation - not merely try to cast Clarke out and cover-up the rest", Ray Johnson concluded.

Mark Clarke denies any bullying and intimidation allegations.



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and emotional turbulence that the Johnson family are going through right now. No amount of justice will ever be enough to fill the absence of Elliott. The party and the supporters of Mr Clarke and his croanies should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for the part they have to play in this entire debacle. Thoughts and prayers go out to Elliott's family during this horrific time

Anonymous said...

It's completely unacceptable that this was allowed to happen. It's also completely unacceptable that so many people who allowed Mark Clarke to continue as he was, and indeed supported his growing power base, are going unchecked. This includes Emma Pidding, notable MPs, CF leaders and those who would have worked closely with him at CCHQ, including in the Chairman's office. What's also terrible is that there are other examples of bullying (and that is bullying, not 'banter') in the party generally, and people don't feel able to shout up about it because they know nothing good will come of a complaint.

Tim said...

From moment it is evident that victims are afraid to come forward because of concerns about how their complaints might be handled internally, it becomes obvious that an internal inquiry cannot hope to determine the full picture. To press ahead with an internal inquiry in the face of this is to knowingly contribute to a cover-up.

This has been going on for far too long, and it involves people higher than Clarke leaking complaints of bullying as a matter of course. Only a wide-ranging independent inquiry can hope to address the underlying problems.

I started a petition calling for just such an inquiry a few weeks ago, and would welcome any support.

Robert Barnes said...

This should be dealt with a a safeguarding issue.
It has the potential to be as big a case as Baby P or Victoria Climbie.
The Party cannot simply carry out an internal investigation.
There are questions that have to be asked independently from any party influence.

Who knew what was going on?
How long did they know it was going on for?
If they knew, to whom did they report the matter to?
What response did they receive?
If they received a response, did they follow it up?
What action did the Party take to try and prevent it from happening?
Were the police notified at any stage?
If the police were aware, what action did they take?

How far up the chain of command in the Party were people aware of the allegations?

What measures has the Party put in place to prevent such a tragedy happening again?

What is the role of the Conservative Future National Executive in this?

Who on the CF Nat Exec knew about this?

Is there a case for shutting CF down?

I could go on.

But, one thing is clear.
Only an independent enquiry will go some way to clearing this matter up.






Anonymous said...

I too was a victim of bullying within the Conservative Party for a very long time. I was employed by CCHQ, but I will not say in what role. The Campaigns department as a whole is riddled with people who feel the need to use and abuse others below them.
Whilst I cannot comment on what happened within RoadTrip 2015, I know that individuals within Team2015, and the whole campaigns department submitted many individuals to treatment which would not be considered acceptable in any other arena.
I used to put in an eighty hour week, and was told that this simply was not enough.

Its time for change in our party, and with an extremely saddened heart, I am unfortunately not surprised that circumstances such as this have arisen.

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