Stanley Johnson accused of inappropriately touching senior Conservative MP | Politics news

Stanley Johnson, the former MEP and father of the Prime Minister, has been accused of inappropriately touching a senior Conservative MP.

Caroline Nokes, a former minister and chair of the Women and Equality Select Committee, said the incident took place at the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool in 2003, when she was in her early 30s.

Ms Nokes, who has represented Romsey and Southampton North in the Commons since 2010, was at the time the potential parliamentary candidate for the constituency ahead of the 2005 parliamentary elections.

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Caroline Nokes is a former Minister and chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee

She told Sky News: “I remember a really prominent man – at the time the Conservative candidate for Teignbridge in Devon – hitting me on the back about as hard as he could and saying, ‘oh, Romsey, you have a nice seat ‘. “

The candidate was Stanley Johnson, who later failed to get elected.

Sky News approached Johnson for a comment regarding the allegation. He said, “I can not remember Caroline Nokes at all – but there it is. And no answer … Hi ho, good luck and thank you.”

In a description of her memoir, Mrs Nokes said: “I would have been in my early 30s, old enough, old enough to say it.”

She added: “I now consider it a duty, an absolute duty, to call out wherever you see it. Be the noisy, aggravating, aggressive woman in the room, because if I’m not prepared to do so, then won my daughter ‘Do not be prepared to do that … you get to a point where you’ go up with this, I do not want to put ‘. “

The comments were made during a cross-party panel discussion hosted by Sky News between four prominent female MPs on how to confront violence against women in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard.

Stanley Johnson, father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reacts as he attends UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 9 November 2021. REUTERS / Russell Cheyne
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Stanley Johnson is a former MEP and father of the Prime Minister

The discussion, which also included Labor MPs Jess Phillips and Rosena Allin-Khan, and Conservative MP Fay Jones, aimed to examine their views as legislators on what should be done.

But during the conversation, each of the politicians also described their own experiences.

In addition to her account of Mr Johnson, Mrs Nokes said she was groped like an 11-year-old schoolgirl by a group of men.

Ms Phillips, the shadow minister for domestic violence and protection, and a former candidate for Labor leadership, said she was assaulted by a former boss at a party.

Sky's political editor Beth Rigby is hosting a discussion on violence against women with MPs Jess Philips, Caroline Nokes, Rosena Allin-Khan and Fay Jones.
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Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby hosts a discussion on violence against women with MPs Jess Philips, Caroline Nokes, Rosena Allin-Khan and Fay Jones

Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan, shadow minister for mental health and emergency physician, said she was harassed by a senior physician when she was a junior physician.

Fay Jones, who was elected as the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire in 2019, described how she was flashed by a man when she was 17 years old.

All four women told Sky News that they believed public sexual harassment should be made a specific crime in future legislation.

Sky News understands a move to create the offense within the bill on police, crime, sentencing and courts, which is currently being reviewed by Parliament, is backed by Home Secretary Priti Patel but has yet to be approved by Downing Street.

You can read the full analysis and see an extended report on Sky News from Tuesday morning

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