Lord Feldman under mounting pressure to quit, new poll shows

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21st December 2015

Conservative chairman Lord Feldman has come under renewed pressure to quit over a recent bullying scandal that has engulfed the party, after a new poll found that more than one in three people think he should resign. 

The survey, done by BMG research for the Evening Standard, showed that three times as many respondents said he should resign than said that he should remain in post, at 37% and 12% respectively, whilst 57% of people said they did not know.

Lord Feldman was Tory party co-chairman when Mark Clarke was brought in to run the ‘Road Trip 2015’ campaign during the election. 

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The campaign has since been plagued with accusations of bullying and blackmail against Mr Clarke which emerged following the suicide of Tory activist Elliott Johnson.

Mr Clarke has since been expelled from the party and has denied all allegations made against him.

Last month, former Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps resigned as a minister because of the storm around Mr Clarke, saying “the buck should stop with me”. Around 50% of 1,500 people polled by BMG said Mr Shapps made the right decision.

The poll also showed that there was a huge lack of trust in the inquiry set up to get to the bottom of the Mr Clarke scandal.

Some 46% of people said they “will not trust the investigations findings".

Dr Michael Turner, director of BMG Research, said: “These results paint a fairly bleak picture for the party ahead of the campaigning season for elections around the country in 2016. The poll shows large numbers from all sides calling for heads to roll. Even among those who voted Conservative in May.”

The Conservative party launched an inquiry into Mr Johnson’s death, but under pressure from his father handed it over to law firm Clifford Chance.

Mr Johnson’s parents have already announced they will boycott the party’s official investigation into the allegations.