The Prime Minister’s father Stanley Johnson has been accused of “smacking” a senior Tory MP on her bottom and groped a journalist at the Conservative conference in 2019.
Caroline Nokes said that in 2003 Johnson forcefully smacked her backside and she alleges he said she has a “lovely seat.”
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.”
During a panel discussion Nokes said, “I’ve had male MPs stick their hands on my backside in Strangers’ Bar (in Parliament).
“And I can remember a really prominent man smacking me on the backside about as hard as he could and going, ‘Oh, Romsey, you’ve got a lovely seat.’
“Stanley Johnson did that to me ahead of the ’05 election, so it was Blackpool… 2003/4.
“I didn’t do anything and I feel ashamed by that… now I probably would.”
Speaking to Sky News Nokes she now regards this as as “an absolute duty” for people to call out such behaviour towards women.
She added, “Be the noisy, aggravating, aggressive woman in the room because if I’m not prepared to do that, then my daughter won’t be prepared to do that.”
The New Statesman journalist, Rea said in response, “Stanley Johnson also groped me at a party at Conservative conference in 2019.
“I am grateful to Caroline Nokes for calling out something that none of us should have to put up with, not least from the Prime Minister’s father.”
Johnson said to Sky News in response to the allegations, “I have no recollection of Caroline Nokes at all but there you go. And no reply.”