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Hello it's Wednesday, it's 9.15, I'm Victoria Derbyshire,
Coming up - the father of a young Conservative activist
who took his own life after claiming he had been bullied by a senior
member of the party's youth wing tells us police should
widen their inquiry and calls again for the co-chairman of the party
It is quite clear to me that David Cameron is protecting his friends.
He should consider where his loyalty should be. It should not be to his
friends, it should be to justice. Also today - we'll talk exclusively
to the man who has made a hate crime complaint to the police
about Tyson Fury's alleged anti-gay rant after watching a discussion
about it on this programme. I did not say I have got a problem
with homosexuals or abortionists or paedophiles. I did not say I am
against it. I just said what I am taught in Scriptures.
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He was found dead by a railway track in September.
He had been hit by a train, having apparently taken
off his shoes, laid down on a towel and waited for a train.
After his death his mother and father found three suicide notes
- one to his parents, another
to friends and a third was titled to his "bullies and betrayers".
Elliot Johnson claimed he had been bullied by the party's youth
Those claims have rocked the party with further allegations
of bullying, harassment and blackmail by Mark Clarke
continuing to emerge over the last few months.
The key question is who knew what when.
This morning the man who is effectively in charge
of running the party, Lord Feldman, is facing claims he was first told
about the bullying five years ago, but he insists he first he heard
Our political guru Norman Smith is here.
This story is about what exactly? Well, this is a story about who knew
what when in the highest reaches of the Conservative Party. It is a
story about whether the Conservative Party failed in its duty of care to
some of its youngest supporters. Some of them only 16 or 17. It is a
story about the way young people can be treated in the brutal world of
Westminster. The story begins last year in March, when a vibrant new
Tory youth campaign was set up called Road Trip.
They are bused in for the day and promised a "great time",
curry and a free bar into the night as reward for a hard
But it all came to a shuddering halt with the death of Elliott Johnson.
Amid claims of bullying and abuse and sexual harassment. On the 18th
of November this year, the man who set up ten Road Trip, Lancelot, was
booted out of the party for life. He had previously been known as Tatler
Tory, because Tatler magazine had big team up as a high-flyer. He was
booted out of the party. One leek waiter, on the 27th of November this
year, Fijalek's father went public with his concerns. This is when this
story went nuclear. He called it a dry rot within the Conservative
Party, where the party hierarchy turned a blind eye to what was going
on in the youth wing because they thought they were achieving results.
They did not want to know. And he dismissed the internal inquiry which
had been set up by the Conservative Party as a cover-up. He said it was
not acceptable to have party officials investigating themselves.
He questioned whether senior figures in the party were fit to govern if
this was how they treated his son's death. We now know that something
like 40 people have come forward to give evidence to this inquiry. So,
the implication is that there are and awful lot of people who might
have been potential victims of this sort of bullying. And this goes to
the top of the Tory party? It doesn't. It raises questions about
the position of the current chairman, Siddique, and also the
then chairman Grant Shapps. If we go to the day after Kirmond went
public, on the 28th of November, Grant Shapps suddenly resigns. He
was the man who brought Lancelot into the Tory party and encouraged
this sort of youth campaign. He resigned, saying, the buck stops
with me. He took full responsibility. But that did not end
it. Questions were then raised about the current chairman Siddique and
what he knew and why he did not do anything. Two days later, on the
30th of November, he issued an unequivocal statement saying he was
completely unaware of these claims. But this becomes politically
complicated. Siddique is a very close friend of the Prime Minister.
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