Tributes continue for Tory activist from Wisbech - who worked for ‘think tank’ founded by Margaret Thatcher- after his death at Bedfordshire rail station

Elliott Johnson with former Tory minister Ken Clarke

Elliott Johnson with former Tory minister Ken Clarke - Credit: Archant

Tributes continued to be paid last night to Conservative Party activist Elliott Johnson from Wisbech who died on Tuesday: recently he had worked for a ‘think tank’ set up by Margaret Thatcher.

British Transport Police confirmed that Mr Elliott died following an incident on the line at Sandy rail station, Bedfordshire.

“We were called at 6.42pm on Tuesday, September 15, to Sandy station in Bedfordshire, following reports of a body on the line,” said a spokesman.

“Colleagues from Bedfordshire Police and East of England Ambulance Service also attended, and a 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious at this time, and his family has been informed.


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“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

His most recent employers, Conservative Way Forward, founded, says it website in 1991 “to defend and build upon the achievements of our founding President Lady Margaret Thatcher”, paid tribute to Mr Johnson.

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“Conservative Way Forward is deeply sorry to announce the untimely and sudden death of its social media consultant and former Political Editor, Elliott Johnson,” said the organisation announced on its website.

“Elliott joined CWF as Political Editor in June, launching the daily Fast Forward email bulletin which has been well received in Westminster and beyond.

“He then took on the part-time role of social media consultant, promoting CWF events, action days, fundraising activities and campaigning on social media.”

Donal Blaney, chairman of the Board of Conservative Way Forward, said: “Elliott was a talented and enthusiastic blogger who had the potential to become a campaigning Conservative journalist.

“I can only imagine the turmoil that he must have been in to feel that he had no hope and no choice other than to end his life so tragically young. I offer his family my sincerest condolences and prayers.”

Brietbart, the international news agency, reported “close friends” had confirmed Mr Johnson reportedly left a note behind before taking his own life that drew attention to people bullying him.

The agency quoted friends of Mr Johnson who said that he was “a really nice guy” who in recent weeks had struggled with personal problems.

The agency said: “He had recently served out his notice period from his role as Political Editor at the Conservative Party affiliated think tank, Conservative Way Forward. His actions are not believed to be related to this, and he was said to have a new job interview in the next week.

“Mr Johnson was recently, on August 12, involved in a heated public exchange with a Conservative Party director.

“Friends and colleagues were in shock today, and paid tribute to Mr Johnson’s character and work ethic.”

Local MP Steve Barclay said: “Elliott was a much liked member of our local Conservative Party. He showed a strong commitment to campaigning both at a local and national level, an intelligent and thoughtful approach to issues, and a passion for making our community a better place. We are all shocked and saddened by this terrible news and will miss Elliott a great deal. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray and Alison at this devastating time.”

Mr Johnson had previously written a blog - ThingsElliottSays – but stopped it in January. His later founded the Right of Centre website but that ceased in May.

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