Holmes slams smears and says he wants to protect Tory Youth members' data.

Paul Holmes (right) out in Eastleigh campaigning

Paul Holmes has issued a strong statement regarding the latest Conservative Future (CF) election story about a potential data leak of its members' email addresses.

Rejecting allegations of smearing and demanding answers Holmes repeats his credible commitment to a clean campaign and says his focus is on protecting CF members' data and ensuring fairness

"We committed to and continue to practice a clean and positive campaign. We have never smeared any candidates or issued any negative ads nor will we. But the campaign must be equal and if serious allegations arise they must be answered swiftly.

"Our focus has to be protecting the reputation of Conservative Future and the security of its members’ data. It is important that all candidates should be able to campaign on an equal footing and no one candidate should have any unfair advantage."