Teessider Jade Smith was found dead on Sunday
A young north-east Tory supporter who sported a Boris Johnson tattoo and appeared on TV show ‘The Mighty Redcar’ had scheduled a series of tweets to go out after her death to accuse the Conservatives of sexual assaults. The tweets were timed to go out during Boris Johnson’s conference speech.
Jade Smith, whose body was found on Sunday in Saltburn, wrote:
There’s one last topic I want to talk about before I go and say my goodbyes.
And it’s about the Conservative Party. This is the last time I’ll ever have a platform to ask them to change, to beg them for young peoples sake to change. Back in 2015/2016 I tried to kill myself several times because of the Tory party. I was institutionalised due to bullying and harassment I received. I was stalked by the press, the press stood outside my college with cameras.
I was an 17/18 year old female who had been bullied. I’ve always received abuse for being a Tory. But the abuse we receive from each other and the older people in our associations is what takes it too far.
We shouldn’t have to put up with the bullying from each other. We shouldn’t have to be worried that our friends are going to be raped at conference or at the very least sexually assaulted.
We shouldn’t have to put up with creepy weird old men maturating over us or grabbing us to go and chat to their friends and try to take us home at the end of the night. There’s a reason we don’t feel safe at conference.
Boris Johnson does not appear to have commented. Young Tory Elliott Johnson killed himself just before the Tories’ 2015 conference, after accusing Tory figures of bullying.
How long will the Tories get away with their abuses?