Theresa May’s attempt to copy the Jeremy Corbyn Momentum movement has fallen apart, after the appointed youth leader (who is actually 25-years-old), golden-boy Stephen Canning, has been suspended. This follows claims he is responsible for an assault at a night-club; during which a Tory MP’s aide ‘was struck’.
The Essex councillor strongly denies the claim, and says that he was defending a female friend from harassment by an ex-boyfriend. A friend of Mr Canning claimed a researcher for a Tory MP had called an ex-girlfriend a ‘slut’ and approached the activist ‘aggressively waving his bank card and asking him to buy some drinks’.
The Tory youth wing collapsed in 2015 over the ‘Tatler Tory’ scandal involving claims of sexual harassment of activists. The Conservative party came under heavy criticism for failing to stop the bullying that resulted in Elliot Johnson’s suicide.
Canning was chosen to build a youth movement. As the leader of the Universities for Britain, I found there to be a number of well-connected young Tories, who loved grabbing with social media a clip with a political celeb, but didn’t support us with the background work for Brexit activism.
A Conservative spokesman said: ‘We do not comment on ongoing investigations. We have introduced a new code of conduct that ensures allegations are investigated.’
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