The first is 21 year-old Elliott Johnson with his mum and dad the day he graduated. The second is his mum and dad holding a similar photo, two months after his suicide.
I used to go with Elliott to sixth form. He was kind, funny and charming. He used to show up for lessons as enthusiastic as ever with one thing always in his mind. He wanted to be a politician in the Conservative Party. He would come to sixth form with four things, a waistcoat, a pocket-watch, his favourite book on Maggie Thatcher and a briefcase (yes there was a few ‘briefcase wankers’ in there but it was in good spirits and Elliott loved it).
On the 15th September he was found dead on railway tracks, having jumped in front of the train, taking his own life. In his bedroom were three letter, one explaining that he’d been bullied and betrayed by Mark Clarke, a senior activist for the Conservative party.
Grant Shapps, international development minister who brought Clarke into the party has quit amid allegations that he failed to act when these allegations were brought to light.
You can read the full story here, but I’m asking you all to reblog this and help keep Elliott’s memory alive. He is truly missed by family, friends and co-workers. We will have justice for him!
THE father of a Tory activist who killed himself after an alleged bullying campaign by more senior party members fears an internal inquiry into his death will result only in a cover-up. Ray Johnson, whose 21-year-old son Elliott was found on the tracks at a Bedfordshire railway station in September, urged Conservative chairman Lord Feldman yesterday to send collected information to the police. In…