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Stanley Johnson accused of inappropriately touching Tory MP Caroline Nokes

A senior Conservative MP and a journalist have both accused Stanley Johnson of inappropriately touching them.

Caroline Nokes said the Prime Minister’s father forcefully smacked her on the bottom and said she had “a lovely seat” in 2003, ahead of him running to be a Tory MP.

Mr Johnson declined to comment about her allegation made to Sky News, other than to say he has “no recollection of Caroline Nokes at all”.

The allegation prompted Ailbhe Rea, a journalist for the New Statesman magazine, to accuse Mr Johnson of having “groped” her at the 2019 Tory conference.

Ms Nokes, the chair of the Commons women and equalities committee, earlier suggested that the Prime Minister’s father inappropriately touched her during the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool 2003 ahead of Mr Johnson running in the Teignbridge seat in Devon in 2005.

“I’ve had male MPs stick their hands on my backside in Strangers’ Bar (in Parliament),” she said during a panel discussion.

“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.”

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