Grant Shapps says decision to resign ‘his own’ after bullying allegations

PUBLISHED: 09:59 30 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:59 30 November 2015

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has resigned from his role as international development minister

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has resigned from his role as international development minister

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Grant Shapps said the decision to resign as a minister following allegations of bullying within the Conservative Party was entirely his own.

The Welwyn Hatfield MP resigned as international development minister on Saturday, after admitting he failed to respond to complaints against Mark Clarke, a former senior party election aide that he appointed.

Elliot Johnson, a 21-year-old activist who was found dead in September, had complained about Mr Clarke, who was director of the party’s ‘Road Trip’ operation during the General Election campaign.

In a tweet Mr Shapps also conceded that he should have resigned earlier.

“Decision to resign 100% my own. I carefully considered it for several days. I felt Johnson family deserved it & if anything I was too slow,” he tweeted.



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