Conservative Post is NOT the online magazine of Conservative Democratic Organisation as claimed by the Privileges Committee in their First Special Report which was released this morning.
Founder and Editor of the Conservative Post Claire Bullivant said:
“Harriet Harman and this so called Privileges Committee need to get their facts right before they completely destroy our Great British Parliament. They’ve clearly not done their due diligence as they say the Conservative Post is the online magazine of the Conservative Democratic Organisation. This is completely not true. If they’ve made simple mistakes like this and can’t check simple facts, goodness knows what other mistakes they’ve made in their investigations.”
Ms Bullivant continued: “I set up the Conservative Post on 15th September 2020, way before the CDO was even thought about. I then launched the CDO with Lord Cruddas and David Campbell Bannerman in December 2022 as a completely different entity. Lord Cruddas and Lord Greenhalgh have nothing to do with the Conservative Post and they had nothing to do with the Privileges Committee Conservative Post campaign. The Conservative Post is an independent news outlet and we have every right to say the Privileges Committee investigation was deeply flawed, biased and unfair, and brought both Parliament and our Party into disrepute.
“Are these Labour led parliamentarians now trying to silence the press? They are completely out of control. Freedom of the Press must be protected with all our heart and might. Harriet Harman and these so called parliamentarians shouldn’t be anywhere near government if this is the nonsense they are peddling.”
“Are these Labour led parliamentarians now trying to silence the press? They are completely out of control. Freedom of the Press must be protected with all our heart and might.”
Chris Bullivant, Chairman of the Conservative Post added:
“I’ve been publishing newspapers for over 50 years having launched and run over 75 of them. In fact I’ve probably been publishing longer than some of these people have been alive. Never before have Parliament tried to muscle in on the freedom of the press. It’s a disgrace. The Privileges Committee need to retract their untruths immediately and never again threaten the Fourth Estate.”
The Conservative Democratic Organisation gave the following statement:
“Conservative Post is NOT the online magazine of Conservative Democratic Organisation (CDO) as claimed by the Privileges Committee in their First Special Report which was released this morning.
“The Conservative Democratic Organisation is a representation of the grassroots membership of the Conservative Party across the UK.
“Our members remain concerned over the continued vilification of democratically elected Members of Parliament who have dared to speak freely and uphold the great British tradition of freedom of expression and opinion.
“Our members are also troubled by the vilification that has come from certain members of a Parliamentary Committee who are now themselves subject to police investigations and reports which malign their own reputations.
“Our democracy faces serious challenges when the power of a Parliamentary committee overrides the democratic will and interests of the public.
“The CDO will always champion democracy and the primacy of the Party’s grassroots membership.”
The Conservative Post is now demanding the Privileges Committee retract their untruths.