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Party wants 'to establish truth' after activist's death

The Conservative Party has released a statement saying it is "absolutely determined to establish the truth" of events around the death of 21-year-old party activist Elliott Johnson and relating to former Tory campaigner Mark Clarke.

Tory party campaigner Elliott Johnson was found dead in September Credit: Facebook

Mr Johnson took his own life in September. Mr Clarke was accused of being a bully in a letter written by Mr Johnson before his death. He denies any wrongdoing.

In a statement, the party said: "We again urge any person who may have information relating to this matter to get in touch with the Party as soon as possible.

"Party officials with legal support continue to take written statements from over 40 witnesses and searching for and collating all material written evidence."


100 arrested after Paris climate protest turns violent

Police clash with protesters in Paris. Credit: Reuters

About 100 people have been arrested after a climate change protest in Paris turned violent.

Paris police chief Michel Cadot said officers identified around 200 or 300 who had violated a ban on all protests.

It comes after a state of emergency in France was declared following the Paris terror attacks which killed 130 people.

Police fire tear gas at a protester. Credit: Reuters
One protester is apprehended by officers. Credit: Reuters

Mr Cadot many of those detained were found to have projectiles or other suspicious objects on them.

Police fired numerous rounds of tear gas on protesters to disperse them.

The protesters were gathering ahead of critical global warming talks outside Paris.

A protester throws a projectile at police. Credit: Reuters


Paris climate summit: Police fire tear gas at protesters

Tear gas is fired at masked demonstrators. Credit: RTV

Police have fired tear gas at masked demonstrators in central Paris ahead of a major climate change conference taking place in the city.

Protests were banned in the French capital in the wake of the recent terror attacks, and a heavy police presence could be seen as security remained high.

At one stage, officers armed with riot shields could be seen dragging a man along the road by his legs away from the scene of a disturbance.

Around 2,500 demonstrations are being held across the world ahead of the COP21 summit, which opens on Monday. David Cameron will be among a host of world leaders to attend the conference, at which 195 countries will be represented.

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