An MP who accused the prime minister’s father of inappropriately touching her has mentioned journalists scoured by way of her previous intercourse life to search out “some form of defence” for the alleged assault.

Caroline Nokes, the Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North and chair of the Commons ladies and equalities committee, mentioned Stanley Johnson smacked her on the underside on the Conservative social gathering convention in 2003.

For the reason that allegation got here to mild final week, Nokes mentioned some sections of the media had “warped logic” in labelling her “the form of girl that it’s OK to sexually harass”.

She informed Instances Radio: “That’s simply horrific as a result of how does a perpetrator know what sort of life their sufferer has led? We are actually in a tradition that’s attempting to show it on the lady, make it her fault, blame her, accuse her of creating it a political vendetta.”

Requested why she didn’t report the assault on the time, Nokes mentioned: “If anybody mentioned in 2003 that I ought to report it, my first query could be to who? How? What processes are there for me to make a criticism to the Conservative social gathering a few fellow candidate? And I simply didn’t know that there have been any and I feel I might wrestle to determine who to complain to now, to be brutally sincere.

“However I, like so many ladies, had that response of: how will this impression upon me? How will speaking about this have a destructive impression on me? And even 18 years later you possibly can see folks attempting to show it again on me, victim-blaming and shaming.”

Nokes mentioned she doesn’t regard herself as a sufferer and refused to be painted as one.

She added: “I actually do suppose it’s incumbent upon all of us to work collectively to name it out and to ensure that males who’re behaving on this method perceive that it’s inappropriate.”

Johnson maintained he didn’t keep in mind the incident and didn’t know who Nokes was. However the allegation prompted a second girl to come back ahead, Ailbhe Rea, a journalist for the New Statesman, who alleged he “groped” her on the Tory convention in 2019.

Stanley Johnson informed the Solar: “I’ve no recollection of Caroline Nokes, and no thought what she was speaking about. Had I been requested in regards to the allegation made by the journalist of the New Statesman, I might have mentioned the identical factor.”

On Thursday, the prime minister refused to say whether or not the Conservatives would launch an investigation.

Boris Johnson informed reporters: “To start with, it’s completely proper that everyone, ladies particularly, ought to have the opportunity, ought to have the boldness, to come back ahead and make complaints.

“There are correct procedures out there for folks to make their complaints, to make identified what has occurred and for these to be correctly investigated. However I’m clearly not going to touch upon particular person circumstances.”