Top Conservative presided over bullying, two Conservatives quit, two admit mistake and make charitable payments

A trio of stories:

Andy Coulson, the Conservative Party communications chief, “presided over a culture of bullying when he was News of the World editor, an employment tribunal has found today in upholding a claim of unfair dismissal against the paper … Driscoll was sacked in April 2007 while on long-term sick leave for stress-related depression, which the tribunal found had arisen directly as a result of bullying behaviour led by Coulson”. [The Guardian]

Nick Bourne and Alun Cairns, both Conservative Welsh Assembly members, have made donations to charity after coming under fire for claiming the costs of iPods on expenses. [BBC]

And finally, in Telford and the Wrekin (the council that didn’t like people without children walking in a local park), two Conservative councillors have quit their group. Liberal England has more.

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