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  • UK: Prime Minister's father Stanley Johnson accused of inappropriate touching

Two women, including a Conservative MP, have accused the prime minister's father, Stanley Johnson, of touching them inappropriately.

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Caroline Nokes told Sky News that Mr Johnson had smacked her "on the backside about as hard as he could" at the Tory Party conference in 2003.

And political correspondent Ailbhe Rea has accused Mr Johnson of groping her at the 2019 Conservative conference.

Mr Johnson told Sky he had "no recollection" of Ms Nokes.

The BBC has approached Mr Johnson for comments on the allegations by Ms Nokes and Ms Rea, who writes for the New Statesman magazine.


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Ms Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North since 2010, was the Conservative candidate when incident allegedly happened at the 2003 conference in Blackpool.

She told Sky News: "I can remember a really prominent man (Mr Johnson) - 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'."

When approached about his alleged behaviour, Mr Johnson said: "I have no recollection of Caroline Nokes at all - but there you go. And no reply... Hey ho, good luck and thanks."

After these comments, Ms Rea tweeted: "Stanley Johnson also groped me at a party at Conservative conference in 2019.

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"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."

Ms Nokes has served as a minister for home affairs, work and pensions and in the Cabinet Office.

Mr Johnson, a former Member of the European Parliament, has never been elected as an MP.

Esther Solaja

posted 2021-11-16 14:36:28

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