Former Spalding Grammar student who killed himself ‘believed he was being bullied’ says coroner

Elliot Johnson.
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A Tory activist and former Spalding Grammar School student who claimed to have been bullied by Conservative supporters before his death committed suicide, a coroner ruled today (Tuesday).

Tom Osborne ruled that Elliott Johnson deliberately killed himself by laying down on a railway track in Sandy, Bedfordshire, on September 15 last year.

An inquest at Ampthill in Bedfordshire heard that a month before his death Elliott had an altercation with ‘Tatler Tory’ Mark Clarke and later lost his job.

But the coroner said he believed that the row had nothing to do with his Elliott’s redundancy from Conservative Way Forward (CWF) campaign group on August 19.

Summing up, he said: “He felt himself to have failed with money, failed in politics, failed his parents and failed his life.

“I also find that he believed at the time of his death that he was being bullied.

“I find that he intended to take his own life. That not only did he take his own life but he intended to do so.”

• Full report in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.