Tory Report Clears Feldman and Shapps

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Clifford Chance’s investigation has dropped in the middle of August while most people in Westminster are on holiday. It completely exonerates most of the key players in the Tory bullying scandal. Here are the top lines:

  • 13 victims of bullying identified, six potential sexual assault victims, five of which weren’t covered by the inquiry. The other withdrew their complaint.
  • No evidence Lord Feldman and Grant Shapps were aware of allegations of bullying or harassment of young activists by Mark Clarke. They did however both know Clarke had been involved in inappropriate behaviour around the Conservative Future elections, including adding ineligible voters to databases.
  • Grant Shapps’ then chief of staff, Paul Abbott, had received complaints containing allegations of bullying by Clarke. He confronted Clarke over four out of five of the allegations and forwarded one of them to Clarke.
  • No evidence to support allegations that CCHQ or Baroness Pidding had leaked names of the preliminary investigation’s interviewees
  • No evidence that Lynton Crosby was aware of allegations of bullying or harassment of young activists by Clarke

Expect cries of a whitewash…

Report in full below:




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