Former Conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps, has resigned as International Development minister over accusations that he failed to respond to the alleged bullying of party activists.

Mark Clarke, a former senior party election aide previously tipped for cabinet success, has denied accusations of bullying, blackmail and drug taking.

These allegation have emerged following the tragic suicide of 21 year old party activist, Elliott Johnson in September.

David Cameron has extended his sympathy to Mr Johnson's family and has pledged to launch a thorough investigation into conduct within his Party, including allegations made by young female activists that they have been harassed and sexually abused. However critics say that the inquiry should be independent and not carried out by someone with Tory party connections.

Lord Feldman, the current chairman of the Conservative party, is now under pressure to follow Shapps by tendering his resignation. Many believe that Lord Feldman himself must have known about the scandal and has serious questions to answer.

We will be following the story with interest and reporting on events developments as they take place.

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