Labour has urged the Tories to launch an investigation after a senior Conservative MP and a journalist accused Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, of inappropriately touching them.
Caroline Nokes, who’s the chair of the parliamentary women and equalities committee, mentioned he forcefully smacked her on the bottom on the Conservative Party convention in 2003.
Her allegation prompted political journalist Ailbhe Rea to say she was “groped” by the previous MEP on the celebration convention in 2019.
She tweeted that 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 made her allegation throughout a Sky News cross-party dialogue with different feminine MPs about tips on how to confront violence towards women.
She mentioned the alleged incident occurred in Blackpool whereas she was a potential candidate for the Romsey and Southampton North seat – which she later gained in 2010.
“I can remember a really prominent man – at the time the Conservative candidate for Teignbridge in Devon – smacking me on the backside about as hard as he could and going, ‘oh, Romsey, you’ve got a lovely seat’,” she mentioned.
When requested who that was, she mentioned: “Stanley Johnson did that to me, ahead of the ’05 election.”
Ms Nokes added: “I didn’t do anything and I feel ashamed by that… now I probably would.”
Mr Johnson declined to remark to Sky News, aside from to say he has “no recollection of Caroline Nokes at all”.
Shadow house secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds urged the Tories to launch an investigation.
“The Conservative Party clearly needs to investigate a serious allegation like that, that happened at their party conference,” he informed Times Radio.
“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.”
The MPs – Ms Nokes, Jess Phillips, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Fay Jones – additionally shared their experiences of harassment and assault through the Sky News occasion on Monday night.
Labour’s Ms Phillips, who’s the shadow minister for home violence and safeguarding, mentioned she was as soon as assaulted by a former boss at a celebration.
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, the shadow minister for psychological well being, mentioned she skilled harassment from a senior medic whereas she was a junior physician.
Tory MP Fay Jones informed Sky News she was flashed by a person whereas an adolescent, and colleague Ms Nokes mentioned she was additionally groped by a gaggle of males whereas she was 11.
On Tuesday, 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 in regards to the allegations involving Mr Johnson on Tuesday, Home Office minister Damian Hinds mentioned: “I’ve heard this morning, as you have, or overnight, about this, about these allegations.
“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, in the street, and online, this is an absolute top priority for the government.”
He informed Times Radio: “But I’m not joining a link between that and this because we don’t know, but if there is an investigation to be had, then, of course, that will happen.”
Additional reporting by Press Association