The Most Worshipful Master Harry Cole: pretend "journalist"
Once again, as with Andrew Feldman, the idea is to drag in the most senior members of the party, even though there is zero evidence that they had anything to do with the behaviour of Clarke - and his pals, whose number included Cole. Yes, Cole and Clarke go back some years - not that he’s telling his readers. Nor is he telling them that he was also a close friend of Paul Abbott, who features in today’s story.
This claim is total bullshit ...
The “leaked emails” presented to Sun readers show no such thing. There is no mention of Clarke at any point. As to the comment “PM is very much aware of him”, of course Cameron was “very much aware of him” - Liam Walker was chairman of Conservative Future (CF) in Witney, the PM’s own constituency. Nor do the emails show anyone being ordered, or tasked if you will, to take any particular course of action.
... and this email thread proves it
There is almost certainly no connection - other than in Cole’s mind - to the PM. But what there is, is more evidence that Cole is being fed information by his pals with the intention of doing a little damage. Consider where he got that email thread. Are we expected to believe any of those in 10 Downing Street gave it to him? Most likely is that it came from either Paul Abbott, or Mark Clarke. And so another Cole “exclusive” unravels.