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…
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