If the Tory Party thought that the claims of bullying and womanising that followed the death of young activist Elliott Johnson would go away, they thought without the tenacious Mail On Sunday political editor Simon Walters, who has returned to the subject today. The news for all those Tory activists is that, while Young Dave has not announced an independent inquiry, he is going to take action.
The MoS headline heralds bad news for anyone who has been misbehaving: “David Cameron appoints top judge to probe Tatler Tory sex, bullying and blackmail claims after suicide of young activist … Edward Legard will lead inquiry into the suicide of Elliott Johnson … Johnson, 21, was found dead by a railway track in Bedfordshire … He left a suicide note, claiming Mark Clarke threatened and bullied him”.
Cameron, the MoS claims, “has appointed a top judge to investigate allegations of blackmail, bullying and sexual abuse in the Tory Party … And the party is to pay a private health clinic to offer counselling to activists left traumatised after the suicide of a young Tory who was bullied by one of the Prime Minister’s election aides … Edward Legard, an Old Etonian contemporary of the Prime Minister, will lead an inquiry following the suicide of Elliott Johnson, 21, last month”.
“Mr Cameron has reportedly described Clarke, the former chairman of the party’s youth wing Conservative Future (CF), as ‘a nightmare’”. That means Clarke – and perhaps any or all of his pals – are likely to be hung out to dry.
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