A conservative activist who said she quit the party because she was being bullied and was later found dead at the foot of the cliffs has committed suicide, an investigation has found.
Jade Smith, 21, rose to fame after appearing on the BBC’s Mighty Redcar show, campaigning for the Conservative Party and talking about her “I love Boris Johnson” leg tattoo.
Jade’s body was found at the foot of the Saltburn Cliffs on September 29 last year after police witnessed a report of concern for her well-being.
Jade, of Redcar, quit the Conservative Party in 2016 after claiming she had been “threatened, victimized and harassed” by senior officials.
In a letter to the party discipline committee, she claimed that she had been stressed and unable to sleep due to intimidation and threats.
And she then wrote tweets that were posted after her death claiming friends feared rape or sexually assaulted if they attended Conservative Party conferences.
Conservative activist Jade Smith (pictured with Boris Johnson), who was found dead at the foot of the Saltburn cliffs on September 29 last year, committed suicide, according to an investigation.
When she left the party, she told the Mirror: “I was told that my allegations of bullying would be properly investigated, but I’m not sure they ever were.
“I completely failed my exams because of the condition I was in.
“If the Conservatives are to attract more young people, they really need to start seriously considering allegations like mine.”
Jade, who joined UKIP after quitting the party, reportedly clashed with local president Christine Hobson after mentioning meetings on social media.
Before her death, Jade had written a suicide note, which she planned to post on Twitter a few days later.
In the tweets, she called on the Conservative Party to fight harassment.
She said: “I have always been abused because I am a conservative. But the abuse we receive from each other and from the elderly in our associations is what goes too far.
“We shouldn’t have to put up with bullying each other. We shouldn’t have to worry about our friends being raped in a conference or at the very least sexually assaulted.
Jade, 21, had written tweets due to be posted days after taking her own life, where she called on the Conservative Party to fight “bullying each other”
“We shouldn’t have to put up with weird and scary old men ripening on us or catching us to go chat with their friends and try to get us home at the end of the night. There’s a reason we don’t feel safe at the conference.
She did not suggest that bullying within the Conservative Party was the reason for her death.
A Teesside coroner’s court inquest heard how she had previously spoken of committing suicide and told her boyfriend: “This time next year, I will be dead, or I will not be alive in a few years of anyway.”
It has also been said that the Shining and Sparkling Jade “lights up a room just by entering it”.
Jade is said to have run into problems working as a caregiver in the weeks leading up to her death and is said to have had drug problems in the past.
A toxicology report showed that at the time of her death, she had significant levels of alcohol in her system.
A police report concluded that it was “a tragic planned suicide without a criminal element”.
Teesside Assistant Coroner Jo Wharton said she was convinced Jade intended to kill herself and entered a suicide verdict.
Jade was noticed by the production team behind the BBC’s Mighty Redcar after writing an article for the Huffington Post titled “Criminals Don’t Define My Hometown”.
She appeared in episode four of the BBC door-to-door program for the general election and spoke about her Boris Johnson tattoo, which she got on her right leg during a boozy party in Crete in 2017, when Mr Johnson was then Foreign Secretary.
After the program, she flew to Greece, where she spent “a brilliant few months” as a nanny and English teacher.
Teesside Assistant Coroner Jo Wharton said she was convinced Jade Smith intended to kill herself and entered a suicide verdict
Jade rose to fame after appearing on the BBC’s Mighty Redcar show, campaigning for the Conservative Party, and talking about her tattoo on her leg “I love Boris Johnson” (above)
Jade remained close to her adopted Greek family, but returned to her hometown of Redcar, where she worked in adult welfare.
Jade, a former student of Rye Hills School in Redcar and Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough, loved designing graphics, websites and photographs and was starting to build her own brand.
Paying tribute to her girlfriend, her heartbroken boyfriend Chris Cassidy previously said: “Jade was fiery and formidable – she was passionate about politics and loved her area of Redcar.
“She enthusiastically displayed the steelworks and could talk for hours about her hometown.”
Jade has been described as a staunch friend, as well as a popular leader of the Rainbows and Brownies.
Jade’s best friend, Paige Beadle, previously said, “When she laughed, she had one of those infectious laughs.
“Words cannot describe how devastated I am to lose her.”
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