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UK PM Boris Johnson’s father accused of sexual misconduct

21:53, 17 November 2021
UK PM Boris Johnson’s father accused of sexual misconduct Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa/Global Look Press

Two separate complainants have stepped forward to report harassment by Stanley Johnson.

Head of the Women and Equalities Committee Caroline Nokes has accused the father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Stanley of sexual harassment which presumably took place in 2003. Shortly after Nokes’s allegation, journalist Ailbhe Rea thanked the silence breaker and claimed that Stanley Johnson groped her at a party in 2019.

According to Nokes, the incident occurred when Johnson was in the running to be MP for Teignbridge in Devon. She claims that he slapped her hard on the bottom 18 years ago.

“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.”

Besides the allegations, Nokes has also unveiled that she received an aggressive e-mail in which the author called her a “filthy Tory whore”.

Stanley Johnson, 81, told British media that he could not recollect Caroline Nokes, currently a Conservative Member of Parliament for Romsey and Southampton North. The PM father’s representative said they could not provide comments on personal cases.

“I’m not going to be drawn into specific allegations against a private individual.”

British authorities have promised to open an investigation into these allegations and encouraged other victims of sexual misconduct not to be afraid to come forward and inform law enforcement agencies.

The Conservative Environment Network for which Stanley Johnson is an international ambassador expressed concerns over the accusations calling such behavior unacceptable for them. The group can now eliminate Johnson from the position.

“We take all allegations of inappropriate behavior very seriously. We have clear internal processes for managing allegations of this nature, and these are currently being followed.”

Leader of the Labor Party Keir Starmer has called on the Conservative party to carry out an internal investigation or fall back on the police.

“They now need to be fully investigated, either by the Conservative party or by the criminal authorities.”