The prime minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, has been accused of inappropriately touching a former cabinet minister and a high-level political journalist.
Caroline Nokes, who chairs the women’s and equality committee, said Johnson had hit her on the butt in 2003 while running for MP for Teignbridge in Devon.
Ailbhe Rea, a political correspondent for the New Statesman, said she was grateful to Nokes for speaking, saying that Johnson “had groped me at a party at the Conservative conference in 2019.”
Johnson told Sky News that he “did not remember Caroline Nokes at all” when approached by the station. Interior Minister Damian Hinds said Tuesday that there should be an investigation into the claims “if that is the appropriate course of action.”
Nokes, Romsey’s MP, was speaking on a panel discussion with other MPs on Sky News. She said: “I’ve had male MPs put their hands on my butt at the strangers’ bar [in parliament]. “
“I can remember a really prominent man, at the time the Conservative candidate for Teignbridge in Devon, slapping me on the butt as hard as he could and saying, ‘Oh Romsey, you have a lovely seat.’
“I would have been in my early 30s, so old, old enough to call him… now I consider it a duty, an absolute duty, to call wherever you see it. Be the loud, irritating, aggressive woman in the room because if I’m not ready to do that then my daughter won’t be ready to do that … you get to a point where you say, ‘up with this, I won’t put up’ ”.
After the Nokes interview, Rea tweeted: “Stanley Johnson also groped me at a conservative conference party in 2019. I am grateful to Caroline Nokes for saying something none of us should have to put up with, especially from the Prime Minister. dad.”
Johnson, 81, failed in his bid to become a deputy in 2005. He told Sky News: “I don’t remember anything about Caroline Nokes, but there you have it. And no response … Hi ho, good luck and thank you. “
The panel also featured three other high-level MPs who spoke about their views as legislators on the changes that could be made to end sexual harassment and violence. Labor MPs Jess Phillips and Rosena Allin-Khan, and Conservative MP Fay Jones also spoke about their own experiences of sexual harassment.
Both Phillips and Allin-Khan described being harassed at work in their previous jobs by senior managers. Phillips, the shadow minister for domestic violence, said she was assaulted by a former boss at a party.
Jones, who was cast in 2019, described how a man showed her when she was 17 years old.
Hinds said the government is committed to making it safer for women and girls. “I don’t know, obviously, about … what I heard this morning, like you guys, or overnight, about this, about these allegations,” he told Times Radio.
“I can say that overall, in terms of the safety of women and girls, and being free from harassment wherever they are at home, at work, on the street and online, this is an absolute priority for the government. .
“But I won’t join a link between that and this because we don’t know, but if there is an investigation, then of course that will happen. If there is an investigation, if that is the appropriate course of action, then of course that will happen. “
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism