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No10 is ‘in contact’ with Daisy Goodwin over Downing Street grope claim as David Cameron says he is ‘alarmed’ at incident while he was PM

NUMBER 10 has contacted Daisy Goodwin over her claim she was groped in Downing Street grope claim and expressed “concern” about the alleged incident.

It comes as David Cameron says he is “alarmed” at the claim, which is said to have taken place while he was Prime Minister.

The producer of ITV show Victoria alleged the man put his hand on her breast during a meeting in to discuss a proposed television programme.

Asked about it Theresa May’s official spokesman said: "Yes, of course it's something we'd be concerned about. We're looking into it."

They declined to say whether any complaint had been received and said it would be "inappropriate" for him to disclose whether Ms Goodwin was being approached.

But a Whitehall source indicated contact had been made with her to ensure she was aware that if she chose to make a complaint, it would be looked into.

Ms Goodwin told the Radio Times she dealt with the situation by humiliating the official verbally, but did not report the incident.

In response a spokesman for Mr Cameron said reports this morning were “the first he has heard of this” and he has “made the Cabinet Office aware”.

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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.

She 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."

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."

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4910043/david-cameron-alarmed-after-victoria-creator-daisy-goodwins-claim-she-was-groped-in-no10-while-he-was-prime-minister/

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