Ray Johnson speaking on Newsnight
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Elliott Johnson's father has called for an external inquiry

The father of a Conservative Party member who died in an apparent suicide has called for an external inquiry into allegations of bullying in the organisations youth wing.

Prior to his death in September, Elliott Johnson claimed he was bullied by party youth organiser Mark Clarke.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, his father, Ray Johnson, called for an external inquiry to be set up saying he believed the current investigation was "a cover up" and that he had no confidence in current party chairman Lord Feldman, who is conducting the inquiry.

The Conservative Party said that it received no written complaints until this summer about Mr Clarke's behaviour, though former chairwoman Baroness Warsi says she wrote to Grant Shapps, her successor, in January asking for action to be taken against Mr Clarke.

Mr Clarke denies all the allegations.

  • 28 Nov 2015