Tributes paid after the tragic death of young Conservative

Elliott Johnson. ANL-150917-143902001
Elliott Johnson. ANL-150917-143902001
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Tributes have been paid to a former Spalding Grammar School student with a “bright furure in politics” who died tragically at the age of 21.

The body of Elliott Johnson, whose family live in Wisbech, was found on the line at Sandy Railway Station last Tuesday.

Elliott had run several 
Tory-affiliated blogs as well having been a volunteer for the Conservative Party.

He stopped the Things Elliott Says blog in January of this year and founded the Right of Centre website.

A tribute from his family said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our exceptional son, brother, grandson and nephew Elliott.

“He exuded a passionate enthusiasm for everything in his life, especially for politics and history.

“Having recently gained a 2:1 honours degree in History, from Nottingham University, Elliott was pursuing a successful start to a career in political journalism in London.

“This was Elliott’s dream and he was excited at a number of new opportunities on the horizon.

“He was caring and loyal to family and friends and will be irreplaceable to everyone who knew and cared for him.

“We are struggling to express our sense of profound loss; we will always carry Elliott in our hearts and thoughts.

“The messages of support and love for Elliott touch our hearts. He has clearly made a significant positive impact on a great many lives.

“At this most difficult time we would ask for time and privacy to grieve as a family.”

Tributes have also been made by many who remember him in Spalding.

Coun Gary Taylor remembers a bright young man who travelled from Wisbech to help volunteer at a by-election run in Long Sutton in 2012.

He said: “I was co-ordinating the volunteers and was impressed with this very helpful, ambitious and confident young man with a big personality who wasn’t afraid to knock on doors during our campaign. He looked like he had a great future and I was shocked to hear the tragic news that he had died.”

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner.