Stanley Johnson accused of inappropriately touching two women

Stanley Johnson accused of inappropriately touching two women
Caroline Nokes claims 81-year-old smacked her ‘on the backside about as hard as he could’ in 2003

Two women — including Tory MP Caroline Nokes — have accused Boris Johnson’s father Stanley of inappropriately touching them.

Ms Nokes, who is the chair of the parliamentary women and equalities committee, said the 81-year-old smacked her “on the backside about as hard as he could” during a party conference in 2003.

The elder Mr Johnson declined to comment about her allegation made to Sky News, other than to say he has “no recollection of Caroline Nokes at all”.

Plus tard, Alibhe Rea, political correspondent for the New Statesman, said Mr Johnson “groped” her at a party during the 2019 Tory conference.

She shared the Sky News story about Ms Nokes’ allegations on Twitter, saying she was “grateful” to the MP for “calling out something that none of us should have to put up with, not least from the prime minister’s father”.

Ms Nokes told the broadcaster the alleged incident happened at the Tory party conference in Blackpool, while she was a prospective candidate for the Romsey and Southampton North seatwhich she later won in 2010.

“I can remember a really prominent manat the time the Conservative candidate for Teignbridge in Devonsmacking me on the backside about as hard as he could and going, 'oh, Romsey, you’ve got a lovely seat’," elle a dit.

When asked who that was, elle a dit: “Stanley Johnson did that to me, ahead of the ‘05 election.”

Ms Nokes added: “I didn’t do anything and I feel ashamed by thatnow I probably would.”

Mr Johnson has been contacted about both women’s allegations but did not immediately respond.

Il a dit à Sky News: “I have no recollection of Caroline Nokes at allbut there you go. And no replyHey ho, good luck and thanks.”

Ms Nokes made the allegation during a cross-party discussion with other female MPs about how to confront violence against women.

The MPsMs Nokes, Jess Phillips, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Fay Jonesalso shared their experiences of harassment and assault during the event, which was aired on Monday evening.

Labour’s Ms Phillips, who is the shadow minister for domestic violence and safeguarding, said she was once assaulted by a former boss at a party.

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, the shadow minister for mental health, said she experienced harassment from a senior medic while she was a junior doctor.

Meanwhile Tory MP Fay Jones told Sky News she was flashed by a man while a teenager, and colleague Ms Nokes said she was also groped by a group of men while she was 11.

Mardi, Ms Nokes tweeted: “Just wanted to thank the sisterhood for the solidarity and support today. You know who you are and you’re amazing.”

Asked about the allegations involving Mr Johnson on Tuesday, Home Office minister Damian Hinds said: “I’ve heard this morning, as you have, or overnight, about this, about these allegations.

“I can say that, globalement, in terms of the safety of women and girls, and being free from harassment wherever they are at home, au travail, in the street, and online, this is an absolute top priority for the government.”

He told Times Radio: “But I’m not joining a link between that and at this because we don’t know, but if there is an investigation to be had, ensuite, bien sûr, that will happen.”

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