Memo said activist was ‘sociopathic, dangerous and a bully’


Senior Conservative Party officials received a memo in August which warned the activist at the centre of the Tory bullying scandal was “sociopathic” and “dangerous”.

It urged officials to keep Mark Clarke away from the party’s youth wing and warned failure could be “devastating”.

The memo, obtained by BBC Newsnight, was produced by a then-party staffer.

Mr Clarke has vigorously denied all allegations.

The document suggested that party staff had been aware that Mr Clarke had been “badly behaved” before the May 2015 election, and led Tory chairman Lord Feldman to launch an internal investigation.

Newsnight understands the memo was produced as an aide memoire for a meeting with a party official in which the former staffer made a verbal complaint about Mr Clarke.

In it, the author writes that Mark Clarke’s “bullying tactics are well-known… it would literally be impossible to list all his crimes here”.

The document does not directly contradict the insistence of party chairman Lord Feldman that he was unaware of Mr Clarke’s alleged bullying before August.

However it suggests that numerous complaints about Mr Clarke’s behaviour had been made in the months before the young activist Elliott Johnson himself complained about being bullied by Mr Clarke.

Source: Memo said activist was ‘sociopathic, dangerous and a bully’

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6 thoughts on “Memo said activist was ‘sociopathic, dangerous and a bully’

  1. Neilth

    For all the old foggiest on here who can remember the behaviour of the Young Conservatives in the 70s and early 80s this current scandal is comparatively mild. Judging by the behaviour of the leader of the Welsh Conservatives and his protege in the vale of Glamorgan this kind of bullying yahoo attitude is positively encouraged.

  2. Charles N Hay

    Sounds familiar is this not the Tory inner circle they are discussing and not the “so called young Tories” perfectly describes Cameron Osborne May and co .

  3. NMac

    Well he is a Tory, so what’s unusual about him being a sociopathic, dangerous bully? The Tory party is full of such people. I expect the Tory hierarchy were secretly proud of him. His real crime, as far as they are concerned is getting caught.

  4. Joan Edington

    I’m not sure what the story is with all this. All Tories are notoriously bullies, so it should not have been a surprise to Clarke’s “victims”. Although I am against all bullying, surely these folk must have known the party they were supporting.

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