Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson, is facing accusations of inappropriately touching two women.
Caroline Nokes, a Conservative senior MP, made the first allegations against Johnson in a panel discussion where four prominent female MPs were discussing how to address violence against women.
Nokes, who was once a minister and chaired the Women and Equalities Select Committee claimed that Johnson’s experience with her occurred at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool when she was a candidate for the constituency Romsey and Southampton North.
The panel was hosted by Sky News, Nokes said she’d had ‘male MPs stick their hands on my backside in Strangers’ Bar (in Parliament)’, and claimed she remembered ‘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’.’
Johnson was the candidate, but he failed to win election as an MP in 2005.
Nokes said she ‘would have been in [her] early 30s’She pointed out that she was ‘old enough to call it out’.
Nokes stated that the inappropriate touching was a result of Nokes’s actions:
It is now a duty for me to call out whenever I see it. 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… you do get to a point where you go ‘up with this, I will not put’.
In response to Nokes’ allegations, 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.’
After Nokes’ claims were posted online, Ailbhe Rea, a journalist for the New Statesman, shared the story on Twitter alongside her own accusations about the prime minister’s father, alleging: ‘Stanley Johnson also groped me at a party at Conservative conference in 2019.’
She also added: ‘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.’
Rea received messages of support from her Twitter followers. Twitter users also praised Nokes and her for sharing their stories.
Johnson was a Conservative member in the European Parliament from 1979 to 1984, before he lost his 2005 campaign.
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