Labour has urged the Conservative Party to investigate accusations that the Prime Minister’s father Stanley Johnson “groped” a journalist and “smacked” the bottom of a female Tory MP.
Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds urged the Tory Party to launch an investigation into the serious allegations.
He told Times Radio, “The Conservative Party clearly needs to investigate a serious allegation like that, that happened at their party conference.
“Caroline Nokes is a very senior member of parliament. She’s the chair of the Women and Equalities committee.
“But whether it is a very senior member of parliament, whether it is anybody who attended that party conference, whoever the victim is, it is for us to listen to the victim, to treat their allegation extremely seriously and sensitively.”
Since this allegation has come to light, Ailbhe Rea who is a journalist for the New Statesman came forward and claims that Johnson had also “groped” her “at a party at Conservative conference in 2019.”
Stanley Johnson told Sky News, “I have no recollection of Caroline Nokes at all – but there you go. And no reply… Hey ho, good luck and thanks.”
Asked about the allegation, Boris Johnson’s spokesman said he was “not going to be drawn into individual cases.”
The spokesman said he did not spoken with the PM about the claim, adding, “It wouldn’t be one for me.
“I’m not going to be drawn into specific allegations against a private individual.
“Of course we would want anyone in any circumstance who feels they have been a victim of any kind of harassment to come forward and report them to the appropriate authorities.”
Home Office minister Damian Hinds did not commit to an investigation, but did say, “If there is an investigation to be had, if that is the appropriate course of action, then of course that will happen.”