DAVID Cameron says he is “alarmed” after the creator of ITV’s Victoria claimed she was groped in Number 10 while he was Prime Minister.
Producer Daisy Goodwin alleged the man put his hand on her breast during a meeting in Downing Street to discuss a proposed television programme.
PA David Cameron says he is ‘alarmed’ after the allegation by the creator of ITV’s Victoria
She told the Radio Times she dealt with the situation by humiliating the official verbally, but did not report the incident, which took place during Mr Cameron’s time in office between 2010 and 2016.
In response a spokesman for him said reports this morning were “the first he has heard of this” and he has “made the Cabinet Office aware”.
Ms Goodwin’s story, the latest in a series of allegations of unwanted sexual advances in politics, takes the Westminster sleaze scandal into the heart of Government.
She described her concern that the man involved, who has since left No10, may have “tried it on” with someone less able to cope with the situation.
PA Daisy Goodwin claims she was groped inside Downing Street by an official
The 55-year-old said she was cross but not traumatised after the official, who was a few years younger than her, showed her into an office at Number 10 which was dominated by a portrait of Margaret Thatcher.
When they sat down side by side, she was surprised when the official put his feet on her chair, and said that her sunglasses “made me look like a Bond Girl”, she said.
Ms Goodwin said she tried to change the conversation but: “At the end of the meeting we both stood up and the official, to my astonishment, put his hand on my breast.
“I looked at the hand and then in my best Lady Bracknell voice said: `Are you actually touching my breast?’ He dropped his hand and laughed nervously.”
AFP A spokesman said reports this morning were the ‘first he has heard’ of the incident when he was in No10
Ms Goodwin said she left Downing Street in a state of “high dudgeon”, but that it did not occur to her to report the incident.
But she added: “Now, in the light of all the really shocking stories that have come out about abusive behaviour by men in power from Hollywood to Westminster, I wonder if my Keep Calm and Carry on philosophy, inherited from my parents, was correct? The answer is, I am not sure.”
This morning a spokesman for David Cameron said: “This is the first he has heard of this. He is alarmed, shocked and concerned and has made the Cabinet Office aware.”
A No10 spokesman said: “Allegations such as this are taken very seriously. The Cabinet Office would look into any formal complaint, should one be made.”