Lord Feldman is under pressure to quit as Tory chairman over the bullying and blackmail scandal engulfing the party, before a Conservative board meeting on Monday that will look at ordering a full independent inquiry.

Feldman, a close friend of David Cameron, is facing questions over his handling of an investigation into election aide Mark Clarke, who was accused of bullying young activist Elliott Johnson before his apparent suicide.

Johnson had made a formal complaint about Clarke in August and claimed he was being bullied by him in the note left before his death in September. A string of further complaints then emerged about Clarke’s alleged behaviour, including accusations of plotting blackmail against MPs and others, including deputy chairman Robert Halfon, more bullying, including of Tory MP Ben Howlett, and sexual harassment of female activists.

Source: Tory party chairman under pressure to quit over bullying scandal | Politics | The Guardian

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