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09/12/2015

The BBC's daily news and current affairs programme. The father of a Conservative Party activist who took his own life speaks to Victoria.


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Hello it's Wednesday, it's 9.15, I'm Victoria Derbyshire,

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Coming up - the father of a young Conservative activist

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who took his own life after claiming he had been bullied by a senior

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member of the party's youth wing tells us police should

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widen their inquiry and calls again for the co-chairman of the party

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It is quite clear to me that David Cameron is protecting his friends.

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He should consider where his loyalty should be. It should not be to his

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friends, it should be to justice. Also today - we'll talk exclusively

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to the man who has made a hate crime complaint to the police

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about Tyson Fury's alleged anti-gay rant after watching a discussion

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about it on this programme. I did not say I have got a problem

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with homosexuals or abortionists or paedophiles. I did not say I am

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against it. I just said what I am taught in Scriptures.

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And residents in storm-hit Cumbria are warned of more heavy

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We'll speak live to some of those affected.

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We're on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel until 11 this morning.

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We'll talk later about the famous pride of lions featured on the BBC

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wildlife programme Big Cat Diary that have allegedly been poisoned.

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Our correspondent has just reached the Masai Mara game reserve.

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We'll talk to him before the end of the programme.

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As always, we're keen to hear from you on all the subjects

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we are talking about this morning - do get in touch.

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Texts will be charged at the standard messaging rate.

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And you can watch our programme and find all our best interviews

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on our programme page - bbc.co.uk/Victoria.

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He was found dead by a railway track in September.

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He had been hit by a train, having apparently taken

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off his shoes, laid down on a towel and waited for a train.

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After his death his mother and father found three suicide notes

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- one to his parents, another

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to friends and a third was titled to his "bullies and betrayers".

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Elliot Johnson claimed he had been bullied by the party's youth

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Those claims have rocked the party with further allegations

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of bullying, harassment and blackmail by Mark Clarke

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continuing to emerge over the last few months.

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The key question is who knew what when.

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This morning the man who is effectively in charge

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of running the party, Lord Feldman, is facing claims he was first told

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about the bullying five years ago, but he insists he first he heard

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Our political guru Norman Smith is here.

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This story is about what exactly? Well, this is a story about who knew

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what when in the highest reaches of the Conservative Party. It is a

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story about whether the Conservative Party failed in its duty of care to

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some of its youngest supporters. Some of them only 16 or 17. It is a

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story about the way young people can be treated in the brutal world of

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Westminster. The story begins last year in March, when a vibrant new

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Tory youth campaign was set up called Road Trip.

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They are bused in for the day and promised a "great time",

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curry and a free bar into the night as reward for a hard

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But it all came to a shuddering halt with the death of Elliott Johnson.

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Amid claims of bullying and abuse and sexual harassment. On the 18th

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of November this year, the man who set up ten Road Trip, Lancelot, was

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booted out of the party for life. He had previously been known as Tatler

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Tory, because Tatler magazine had big team up as a high-flyer. He was

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booted out of the party. One leek waiter, on the 27th of November this

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year, Fijalek's father went public with his concerns. This is when this

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story went nuclear. He called it a dry rot within the Conservative

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Party, where the party hierarchy turned a blind eye to what was going

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on in the youth wing because they thought they were achieving results.

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They did not want to know. And he dismissed the internal inquiry which

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had been set up by the Conservative Party as a cover-up. He said it was

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not acceptable to have party officials investigating themselves.

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He questioned whether senior figures in the party were fit to govern if

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this was how they treated his son's death. We now know that something

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like 40 people have come forward to give evidence to this inquiry. So,

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the implication is that there are and awful lot of people who might

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have been potential victims of this sort of bullying. And this goes to

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the top of the Tory party? It doesn't. It raises questions about

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the position of the current chairman, Siddique, and also the

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then chairman Grant Shapps. If we go to the day after Kirmond went

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public, on the 28th of November, Grant Shapps suddenly resigns. He

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was the man who brought Lancelot into the Tory party and encouraged

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this sort of youth campaign. He resigned, saying, the buck stops

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with me. He took full responsibility. But that did not end

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it. Questions were then raised about the current chairman Siddique and

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what he knew and why he did not do anything. Two days later, on the

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30th of November, he issued an unequivocal statement saying he was

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completely unaware of these claims. But this becomes politically

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complicated. Siddique is a very close friend of the Prime Minister.

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They go back to

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