Donal Blaney: questions to answer
Why that should be has much to do with the bullying scandal engulfing the Tory Party, and the decision by those at the top of the YBF to throw Mark Clarke under the bus. Clarke, who was named by activist Elliott Johnson in a note left before he apparently took his own life, may have had his name erased from the YBF’s list of alumni, and its list of award winners, but he was a significant part of last year’s conference.
Last year's YBF gathering: Mark Clarke at front centre
And Clarke spoke at that conference, as Sarah-Jane Sewell recalled recently. Zelo Street regulars will recall that Ms Sewell had been National Deputy Chairman (Membership) of Tory youth wing Conservative Future, before being forced out via a smear campaign. Her departure was celebrated in a gathering at the Two Chairmen pub in central London, organised by … Mark Clarke. But he didn’t leave it there.
Donal Blaney not falling out with Mark Clarke as recently as July this year
Clarke’s rant was along all too familiar lines: “Your career is over. Everybody in the room will cut you out. You’re dead to me. I know people in the party [my emphasis]. You’re never going to get ahead”. There was Mark Clarke being feted by the YBF after defaming Ms Sewell openly, and not long before he tried to bully Patrick Sullivan into dispensing with her services. And it gets worse for Donal Blaney.