INVESTIGATION ON BEHALF OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY INTO ALLEGATIONS OF BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR, AND INTO THE RESPONSE OF CCHQ
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Clifford Chance LLP is instructed as follows:
1. To collect, collate, review and assess witness and documentary evidence relevant to:
i. Allegations of bullying, harassment and other inappropriate behaviour by Mark Clarke and other members of the Party connected to him towards members and activists of the Party from 1 January 2014 to 18 November 2015, paying particular attention to the circumstances leading up to Elliott Johnson’s death.
ii. Allegations that, between 1 January 2014 to 18 November 2015, CCHQ deliberately ignored and/or condoned the behaviour referred to above and/or failed to respond properly or adequately to complaints received about Mark Clarke’s conduct and specifically the complaint received from Elliott Johnson on 14 August 2015.
2. To report to the Board of the Party with its findings as quickly as is reasonably possible, bearing in mind the need to complete the investigation fairly and thoroughly.
3. The Board and the Party will cooperate fully to assist Clifford Chance’s conduct of the work set out above.
4. The Board of the Party will place the findings of the report in the public domain shortly after it is received, subject to the need (a) to protect vulnerable witnesses (especially those who have asked for their identity not to be disclosed) and (b) to do nothing to prejudice the Coroner’s Inquiry into the death of Elliott Johnson and Police investigations.