I am a former political activist. From 2011-2015, I was active member of Conservative Future. I took part in many local and national campaigns on behalf of the Conservative Party.
Conservative Party Conference 2013
With David Cameron, 2013
In the run-up to the 2015 General Election, I attended several of the now-infamous Road Trip events. I became increasingly distressed by the behaviour I was witnessing and made a formal complaint to the Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) in mid-2015. There was no response.
Following the suicide of fellow activist Elliott Johnson in September 2015, I formally resigned from the Conservative Party and resubmitted my previous complaint alongside an additional one. Shortly after doing so, I – and number of others who had acted similarly – became subject to a series of anonymous threats and intimidation. We believe that these threats were the result of a senior party figure leaking the complaints back to those named within them.
In April 2016, I was raped by a Parliamentary Researcher I’d met during my time as a Tory activist. He was subsequently charged with six counts of rape before a case review led the CPS to drop the case citing ‘insufficient evidence’. I was not his only victim. I continue to fight for justice, both for myself and others.
I am no longer involved in politics. Instead, I now campaign against sexual abuse/violence and aim to raise awareness of their long-term effects and the current inadequacies of the criminal justice system in prosecuting sexual crimes. As part of that, I will write about and reference it often.