Let’s get this straight – the lawyer for the Conservative Way Forward think tank has warned Elliott Johnson’s parents off demanding a full inquest by threatening that it will include revelations about his sexuality and mental health.
That’s blackmail, isn’t it?
He’s saying he’ll publicise information they would not have wanted released, if they don’t back off, and clearly the intention is that they will.
This Writer hopes they stick to their guns.
Their son has already passed away and all these parents want is justice.
Any information the Tories bring out is far more likely to damage them than him, in the eyes of the public – not least because they are attacking somebody who can no longer defend himself.
Let them bring it on. They will only harm themselves.
The parents of the Conservative activist Elliott Johnson have been warned by the Tory thinktank where he used to work that their son’s mental health and sexuality would be aired in public if they insisted on broadening the scope of the inquest into his death.
Lawyers for Ray and Alison Johnson told a packed courtroom in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, that allegations that Elliott was bullied by the former Tory aide Mark Clarke and others should be examined by a full inquest as his treatment could amount to an “inhuman and degrading” breach of human rights.
But George Alliott, the lawyer representing Conservative Way Forward (CWF), the thinktank where Elliott Johnson worked until he was made redundant a month before his death, told the hearing that if the scope of the inquest was broadened it would lead to further questions being asked about Elliott’s sexuality and wellbeing.
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