The family of Elliott Johnson, the Tory activist who killed himself after alleged bullying in the party, have condemned the chairman of the Conservative party as “arrogant” following the release of an internal inquiry into the scandal.
In the letter seen by the Guardian, Ray Johnson, Elliott’s father, said he did not accept the Conservatives’ conclusion that the party had acted properly when dealing with complaints made by their son before he died.
Johnson said his family was taken aback by Patrick McLoughlin’s “sheer arrogance” when he wrote to them with a copy of the summary of a report by law firm Clifford Chance into allegations of bullying within the Conservative party.
In his letter to the Johnsons sent on 17 August, McLoughlin said it was clear the Tories “acted entirely properly” when Johnson complained about the behaviour of Mark Clarke, the Tory election aide at the heart of the bullying claims. Clarke has denied all wrongdoing.
Johnson said: “Upon reading your letter, we were taken aback by the sheer arrogance of your summing up of Elliott’s letter of complaint in a mere one and a half lines, stating simply that ‘the report and summary are both clear that the Conservative party acted entirely properly in relation to the complaint received from Elliott in August 2015’.”
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