The shameless attempts by top Tories to whitewash their involvement in the tragic bullying to suicide of young Elliott Johnson is a sight to behold.
At Elliott’s inquest, Paul Abbott – the CEO of the Thatcherite organisation Conservative Way Forward at the time Elliott was sacked – had the breathtaking audacity to claim he and the organisation too were victims of bullying by Clarke.
This is a lie.
They weren’t. They were in on it. Leading members of CWF were as thick as thieves with Clarke. Abbott himself was a close friend of Clarke. Here is Abbott (on the left) being ‘bullied’ by Clarke:
And the Chair of CWF at the time – Donal Blaney – was also close friends of Clarke. Here he is also being ‘bullied’ by Clarke:
The horrible truth is CWF sacked poor Elliott for complaining about Clarke. Elliott took his life just a month after receiving this letter from CWF:
“Further to your email exchange with our HR consultant, I was asked to review our operational requirements to establish your ways to limit your exposure to an external individual following an incident you described which occurred on 12th August 2015. As part of the exercise I have identified that there is a diminishing need for a dedicated political editor for CWF and therefore it is with regret that I write to notify you that your role is at risk of redundancy.”
But why is there such a big attempt by the Tories to hide CWF from its involvement in the bullying scandal?
Here is the official list of CWF presidents and patrons. As you can see it’s a rollcall of Thatcherite luminaries – leading with Thatcher herself:
The Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG OM FRS
Christopher Chope OBE MP
The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
The Rt Hon Lord Hague of Richmond FRSL
The Rt Hon Lord Parkinson of Carnforth
The Rt Hon Lord Tebbit of Chingford CH
Sir Gerald Howarth MP – Chairman
James Cleverly MP – Deputy Chairman
Conor Burns MP
Rt. Hon. Greg Hands MP
Charlie Elphicke MP
Donal Blaney – Chairman
Cllr Paul Osborn – Vice-Chairman
Paul Abbott – Chief Executive
CWF is a VERY important and influential organisation within the Tory Party. It is seen as the gatekeeper of Thatcher’s legacy.
It’s time to stop pussyfooting around and tell the truth over the Tory bullying scandal.
Top Tories have known of countless complaints against Clarke going back many years. The complaints were consistently covered up by those same top Tories. The complaints were serious – including numerous allegations of sexual harassment assault and blackmail.
Don’t let the Tories whitewash the truth.
Clarke with Sir Eric Pickles:
Clarke with David Cameron:
Clarke with Grant Shapps:
Clarke with John Major:
Clarke with Tory Baroness, Emma Pidding:
Clarke was also very close to cabinet minister Justine Greening MP:
Clarke and Boris Johnson:
And Clarke was so close to Murdoch lackey Paul Staines – AKA Guido Fawkes – he was invited to the blog’s 10th anniversary party: