Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who is Boris Johnson’s International Trade Secretary said she “would have probably slapped” Stanley Johnson had he “smacked” her bottom in the way it was alleged by Caroline Nokes.
Nokes spoke out over the inappropriate way that she claims Johnson had touched her.
Trevelyan said women for far too long have had to deal with “casual sexism, the wandering hand” and it still remains unclear if the Tory party will investigate two damning allegations against Johnson.
Trevelyan said she was “very, very glad” that Nokes had raised the allegation, and she added, “It should always be called out.”
Asked if Johnson will be investigated, Trevelyan told Sky News, “I will leave Caroline to work with the party on that, but we have a robust system in place and I hope very much she’ll be able to work that through with the party machine.
“But more widely this is something that all of us who are women not only in political life but in all sorts of life have for far too long have had to tolerate the sort of casual sexism, the wandering hand, that is completely unacceptable.”
She was then asked what she would have done had Johnson touched her in the way it has been alledged, she said, “At the time, I would have probably slapped him, which arguably isn’t a better response either but it would’ve been an instinctive response from me and I think Caroline would’ve shown great personal restraint if she quietly moved away.”
Johnson told the Sun, “I have no recollection of Caroline Nokes, and no idea what she was talking about.
“Had I been asked about the allegation made by the journalist of the New Statesman, I would have said the same thing.”