TOP Tory youth boss Stephen Canning was suspended from the Conservative Party after allegedly being involved in an “assault” at a Margaret Thatcher-themed bar in London.
Canning who lead a youth movement which is offering gimmicks such as “Karaoke and free-drinks” to would be attendees at an Event later this month – was in crisis-mode last night after the 25-year-old who heads the project was suspended following an allegation of assault.
Canning, who is Essex councillor for Braintree is being investigated by the party over an incident at a London nightclub where a Tory MP’s aide was allegedly struck.
Sources claim the allegations against him have been “sexed up” to divert attention from complaints he has made about bullying in the Tory Party.
Canning strongly denies the claim and says that he was defending a female friend from harassment by an ex-boyfriend.
A source close to Mr Canning said: “a researcher for a Tory MP had called an ex-girlfriend a slut and approached the activist waving his bank card and asking him to buy some drinks.”
Mr Canning’s hand allegedly ‘made contact with the former boyfriend’s face’, but only in self-defence, said the source.
The incident has the nightclub incident has not been reported to the police.
A Tory spokesman said: “We do not comment on ongoing investigations. We have introduced a new code of conduct that ensures allegations are investigated.”
Mr Canning released a statement on Twitter: