All those young activists. Entrusted to Mark Clarke's care
And how disturbing that backdrop on Clarke’s Twitter feed looks now: all those apparently happy and smiling Roadtrip2015 supporters, many of them - unusually for the Tories - young, some as young as 16, and all entrusted to the tender care of someone who many in the party knew was a womaniser. Walters has three statements from young women, one of whom was just 17 when Clarke tried it on with her.
Behold the happy family man. Allegedly
This was, he told, “his ‘IIP’ method of making women sleep with him – Isolate, Inebriate, Penetrate”. This was the person - one hates to call Clarke a man - whom Grant Shapps, who was the party’s co-chairman at the time, entrusted with the safety of all those young activists. A vicious creep. A bully. A thug. And this is the party whose supporters whinge long and loud about the behaviour of other parties’ followers.
Left to right: Mark Clarke, his mistress India Brummitt, Grant "Spiv" Shapps", who was the responsible party co-chairman, and Emma Pidding, who, in the words of Simon Walters, "has questions to answer"
This comes clear with one look at the Roadtrip2015 publicity shot. Who is there, centre stage, implicitly endorsing the set-up, taking the plaudits alongside “Spiv” Shapps? That would be Young Dave. The Prime Minister. All those vulnerable young people entrusted to a predatory bully, and rubber-stamping the whole operation is Cameron himself. That shot alone shows why a proper Inquiry into this sordid business is needed, and now.