Cotswolds Tory chief forced out by 'bullies' as she pushes for probe

Cotswolds Tory chief is forced out by ‘bulliesas she pushes for probe into ‘venal behaviour

  • Diana MacKenzie-Charrington forced to quit role due to ‘outfight bullying
  • She was chairman of the Cotswolds Conservative Association in Wiltshire
  • Leaked letter sent to more than 1,200 members says she will report behaviour
  • She claimed the ‘senior long-standing minority’ were guilty of ‘venal behaviours
  • The woman chairman of a maar bombdop nuwe eise stel voor constituency association has been forced to quit after ‘outright bullying’ by senior figures, a leaked letter revealed yesterday.

    Diana MacKenzie-Charrington also claimed the ‘tiny but very senior long-standing minority’ were guilty of ‘venal behaviours’.

    In the letter sent to more than 1,200 members of the Cotswolds Conservative Association, she said she would report ‘these behaviours’ to the party’s headquarters because they were ‘sufficiently serious to warrant investigation’.

    The Cotswolds constituency is a safe Tory seat, currently occupied by Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.

    He has held the seat 2010 and has been an MP in the area since 1992.

    Mrs MacKenzie-Charrington, 72, said in her letter: ‘Many of you witnessed for yourselves at the recent annual general meeting the level of toxicity and unpleasantness that has so sadly now permeated our association.

    ‘It is my very firm opinion that this toxicity, which has on occasion amounted to outright bullying of me and others, has no place in this or any political party.

    ‘Egter, it is also the case that I cannot in good conscience continue to serve in an organisation which has been infected at the very top with such venal behaviours.’

    Mrs MacKenzie-Charrington is a former fashion consultant and a company director.

    The Cotswolds constituency is a safe Tory seat, currently occupied by Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (op die foto)

    The Cotswolds constituency is a safe Tory seat, currently occupied by Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (op die foto)

    She quit on October 28 last year but her letter was leaked online yesterday – as the parliamentary party was rocked by allegations of blackmail threats against those MPs who have called for the Prime Minister’s resignation over parties at No 10.

    The former chairman declined to say more on the content of her letter yesterday, but said the allegations had ‘nothing to do’ with issues now facing Boris Johnson.

    Neither the constituency association or Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown responded to requests for a comment.