Elliott Johnson wrote to his parents: ‘I had to wrongly turn my back on my friends.’ [Image: Family handout/PA].

Elliott Johnson wrote to his parents: ‘I had to wrongly turn my back on my friends.’ [Image: Family handout/PA].


It would be wrong to comment on this before the inquest returns its verdict. Please read, follow the link to the original article, and draw your own conclusions, for the time being.

Letters left by political activist Elliott Johnson before he died, in which he accuses Tory election aide Mark Clarke of bullying him, have been read aloud at the inquest into his death.

Johnson, 21, was found on railway tracks on 15 September last year. He left behind three letters, with one saying that Clarke – a former parliamentary candidate – had bullied him and that a political journalist, Andre Walker, had betrayed him, the inquest heard.

DCI Sam Blackburn was asked to read the letters to the inquest at Ampthill coroner’s court, also attended by Johnson’s parents Ray and Alison.

In the letter addressed to his parents, he said: “I have also been involved in a huge political issue. I have been bullied by Mark Clarke and betrayed by Andre Walker. I had to wrongly turn my back on my friends. Now all my political bridges are burnt.

“Where can I even go from here. If only I had done the right thing in my heart first and not been caught up in the fake idea of a rightwing movement. But that is that.”

The inquest heard the cause of death was given as severe traumatic head injuries. The pathologist who conducted the postmortem said the injuries were consistent with Johnson being run over by a train.

Source: Elliott Johnson letters accusing Tory aide of bullying read at inquest | Politics | The Guardian

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