THE TORIES were rocked by a new crisis yesterday over the investigation into the bullying, sexual abuse and blackmail scandal engulfing the party.
Nine key witnesses to the actions of “Tatler Tory” Mark Clarke exposed after the tragic suicide of young activist Elliott Johnson, have refused to give evidence to the party probe.
Activist Josh Hitchens told Newsnight that witnesses “don’t believe it’s an independent inquiry” and are concerned their testimonies could be passed to Mr Clarke.
Labour shadow cabinet minister Jonathan Ashworth said: “It took weeks of pressure for the Tories to establish an independent review about bullying allegations. Now it seems that ‘independent’ review has lost the confidence of victims.
“This is a deeply serious matter that the Tories have got to get right. So far they seem to have got everything wrong.”
The Conservatives have appointed a crossbench peer to review the investigation and ensure it is “objective, appropriate and comprehensive.”