PM's dad Stanley Johnson accused of smacking senior Tory MP's bottom and groping a journalist at party conferences

BORIS Johnson’s dad has been accused of inappropriately touching a senior Conservative MP and a journalist at party conferences.

Stanley Johnson, a former MEP, allegedly smacked Caroline Nokes’ bottom at the Conservative Party Conference in 2003 and groped correspondent Ailbhe Rea in 2019.


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

She said: “I can remember 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’.”

Mr Johnson, 81, denied the allegation made by the chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

He said: “I have no recollection of Caroline Nokes at all – but there you go.

"And no reply… good luck and thanks.”

Stanley Johnson is a former Member of the European Parliament, and appeared on I'm A Celeb in 2017.

Describing her recollection, Ms Nokes told Sky News: "I would have been in my early 30s, so old enough, old enough to call it out.

"I now regard it as 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 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'."

Meanwhile, Ailbhe Rea, political correspondent for The New Statesman, claimed last night on Twitter that Mr Johnson groped her at a party at a Conservative conference in 2019.

She said: “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.”

Mr Johnson has not responded to her claims.




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