Cameron’s ex-ad­viser: I am NOT Down­ing St groper

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By John Stevens and Fionn Har­g­reaves

AN IN­QUIRY was launched last night to iden­tify a for­mer Down­ing Street aide ac­cused of grop­ing the writer of hit TV drama Vic­to­ria dur­ing a visit to No 10.

Spec­u­la­tion grew yes­ter­day af­ter Daisy Good­win said a man who had worked un­der David Cameron had touched her breast.

The for­mer prime min­is­ter yes­ter­day ex­pressed his ‘alarm, shock and con­cern’ about the al­le­ga­tions, which Down­ing Street said it was treat­ing with the ‘ut­most se­ri­ous­ness’.

A No 10 source said Miss Good­win would be con­tacted to see if she wanted to take her al­le­ga­tions fur­ther. Last night, one of Mr Cameron’s for­mer aides ad­mit­ted meet­ing Miss Good­win in Down­ing Street, but de­nied grop­ing her.

He told the Daily Mail: ‘I met Miss Good­win in No 10 twice I think, and she may have met oth­ers too.

‘But I cat­e­gor­i­cally deny any al­le­ga­tion of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour. Any such al­le­ga­tion would not only be to­tally false but also to­tally bizarre.’

A spokesman for the for­mer PM said: ‘David Cameron was first made aware of this se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tion on Mon­day. He was alarmed, shocked and con­cerned to learn of it and im­me­di­ately in­formed the Cab­i­net Of­fice. As is usual prac­tice, the Cab­i­net Of­fice will thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate any com­plaint made.’ Miss Good­win, 55, told Ra­dio Times that she was in­vited to Down­ing Street a few years ago to talk to one of Mr Cameron’s staff about an idea for a

‘To­tally false and bizarre’

tele­vi­sion pro­gramme. ‘I had met the of­fi­cial at a din­ner and he had fol­lowed up with an email,’ she wrote. ‘The of­fi­cial, who was a few years younger than me, showed me into a room dom­i­nated by a por­trait of Mrs T and we sat at a ta­ble carved, he told me, from one piece of wood.’

As they sat side-by-side at the ta­ble, Miss Good­win said he told her that her sun­glasses made her look like a Bond Girl.

‘At the end of the meet­ing we both stood up and the of­fi­cial, to my as­ton­ish­ment, put his hand on my breast,’ she said, adding that her re­ac­tion was to im­per­son­ate the for­mi­da­ble Lady Brack­nell from The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest.

‘I looked at the hand and then in my best Lady Brack­nell voice said, “Are you ac­tu­ally touch­ing my breast?”’ She told how he dropped his hand and laughed ner­vously, be­fore she walked out of the build- ing. Miss Good­win said at the time she did not feel trau­ma­tised and it did not oc­cur to her to re­port what had hap­pened. But in light of the West­min­ster sex ha­rass­ment scan­dal, Miss Good­win said she was not sure she had made the right choice.

Theresa May’s spokesman said: ‘Of course this is some­thing that we would be con­cerned about. We are look­ing at it, and as we have said, wher­ever an al­le­ga­tion has been made we will make sure it’s treated with the ut­most se­ri­ous­ness.’ A No 10 source added: ‘We are mak­ing ef­forts to con­tact her.

‘She may or may not wish to take this fur­ther. We are here and if she wants to speak to us we will lis­ten and we will act ap­pro­pri­ately.’ Miss Good­win did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Mean­while Com­mons Leader An­drea Lead­som was yes­ter­day ac­cused of tak­ing ‘far too long’ to make con­tact with Tory ac­tivist Lisa Wade, who claimed she was raped by an MP’s aide.

Miss Wade had raised con­cerns with par­lia­men­tary au­thor­i­ties three months ago af­ter the al­leged as­sault. She told the BBC’s Vic­to­ria Der­byshire show she was ‘dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised’ that she had only re­ceived a phone call from Mrs Lead­som on Mon­day.

Claims: Daisy Good­win said an aide had touched her breast

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