Stanley Johnson accused of inappropriately touching Conservative MP and journalist

Mr Johnson declined to comment about her allegation made other than to say he had "no recollection" of Caroline Nokes. Credit: PA

Stanley Johnson, the Prime Minister's father, has been accused of inappropriately touching a senior Conservative MP and a journalist.

Caroline Nokes, who has represented Romsey and Southampton North in the Commons since 2010, said the elder Mr Johnson forcefully smacked her on the backside and said she has “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.

Caroline Nokes says Stanley Johnson touched her inappropriately Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

Ms Nokes, the chair of the Commons Women and Equalities Committee, had 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.”

Mr Johnson did not immediately respond when contacted, but told Sky News: “I have no recollection of Caroline Nokes at all. But there you go… and no reply.”

Responding to the allegation on Twitter, Ms Rea said: “Stanley Johnson also groped me at a party at Conservative conference in 2019.

“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.”