Canning in The Dock.

Former Deputy Chairman speaks out on allegations

SACKED CF National Deputy Chairman Stephen Canning has found himself in the dock after local press picked up on him finding himself intertwined in the engulfing sex & blackmail plot furore following the suicide of young activist Elliot Johnson.

It's the first sign that the scandal could affect Conservatives electorally. Braintree councillor Stephen Canning insists knew nothing about allegations of blackmail, drug-taking and sexual harassment against former youth wing chairman Mark Clarke until they surfaced in the media recently.

Canning said: "I knew nothing about potential blackmail or allegations of blackmail. No allegations did come to me and I wouldn’t have expected them to.

"I myself had not been bullied by Mark Clarke.

"They were two very separate organisations. Mark Clarke was not part of Conservative Future, the organisation I was deputy chairman of.

"Mark Clarke was director of RoadTrip 2015."

"The Conservative Future committee in itself has been dissolved and its functions have been absorbed by the party.

"I myself am still a Conservative and a Conservative Future member."


Canning is now deputy chairman of the new Conservative Trade Unionist group, of which kinky MP Rob Halfon is president.