British minister resigns amid bullying allegations

Conservative Party co-chairman Grant Shapps speaks to the press as he arrives at Conservative Party headquarters in London on May 8, 2015A British government minister resigned on Saturday over allegations that bullying by a party activist he appointed was a key factor in the suicide of another young activist. Grant Shapps, international development minister and a former Conservative party chairman, had in 2014 appointed Mark Clarke as a youth campaign organiser. Elliott Johnson, a 21-year-old former writer for a Conservative party blog, alleged he had been bullied by Clarke in a suicide note found after he had killed himself by laying in front of a train in September.

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