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I’ve experienced Boris Johnson’s wandering hands too

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01.10.2019

I got into a bit of a Twitter furore this week, something I usually avoid. But I was, as they say, “triggered” by the response from some quarters to Charlotte Edwardes’ claim that Boris Johnson squeezed her thigh at a party 20-odd years ago.

People were saying that she was lying. People were also questioning her motives for flagging it up now. But it was Edwardes being called a liar that meant I couldn’t stand by.

I was a young woman at a time when men touched you, squeezed you, rubbed against you, and we rarely said anything. In fact, very often you would tell yourself that these men were “just being friendly” or scoff with your friends and call him a “perv”.

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“Watch out for him, he’s got wandering hands,” we’d say, with no thought to make him accountable for those hands and where they travelled. No, we were the ones who had to watch out.

Those who responded to Edwardes’ allegations this week by calling her a liar are the reason so many of us stay quiet.

When I read her article, I just thought, with a shrug, “Yeah, I can well believe he did that”. Because he’d done a similar thing to me. He had reached under the table and squeezed my hand while I was sitting on the panel for Question Time after knowing me for roughly 20 seconds.

My hand, to be clear, was resting on my........

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