The Tories have tried to avoid this for two weeks since Grant Shapps was forced to resign – but at last the Tory bullying scandal has reached David Cameron’s door.
Evidence has emerged that Cameron asked then-Conservative co-chair Grant Shapps’ office to find a way of eliminating Liam Walker – a campaigner in Cameron’s own Witney constituency – after he made an embarrassing comment about food bank users.
Walker, who had an ambition to become chairman of the Tory Party’s youth wing, had Tweeted that he had seen some “food bank users” in the pubs of Witney, at a time when the rising use of food banks was a possibly election-losing issue.
It seems Mark Clarke, the man allegedly behind the bullying scandal that led to the death of another activist, was told to write a complaint about Mr Walker’s words.
Mr Clarke has denied the previous allegations against him but, now it seems he has been directly linked to David Cameron, it looks like being a bleak Christmas for the PR prime minister.
Labour have demanded an inquiry after it emerged David Cameron’s taxpayer-funded advisers plotted to block the career of a young Tory activist who embarrassed him.
Ex-party Chairman Grant Shapps ‘ office had Tatler Tory Mark Clarke put pressure on 25-year-old Liam Walker to halt his leadership ambitions.
Mr Clarke filed a complaint about his conduct to give senior figures an excuse to boot him from the party.
The involvement of Mr Clarke in the plot brings the bullying scandal engulfing the party to the doorstep of No 10 for the first time.
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