MARY Wakefield, a former colleague of Boris Johnson, has denied being the second woman allegedly groped by him at a private dinner.
But who is she, what are the allegations, and what has she said?
Who is Mary Wakefield?
Mary Wakefield is currently the commissioning editor of the Spectator magazine as well as the wife of Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s most senior adviser.
Wakefield worked at the Spectator during Boris Johnson’s tenure as editor, which ran from 1999 to 2005.
Sunday Times journalist Charlotte Edwardes has alleged that, during that time, Johnson grabbed her inner thigh and that of another woman under the table at a dinner.
Rumours at the Conservative Party conference had suggested that Wakefield was the second woman, but she has now said publicly that it was not her.
What are the allegations?
Charlotte Edwardes is a columnist for the Sunday Times’ Style magazine.
She has written a column saying that Johnson groped her during a dinner at the offices of the Spectator, to which she was a contributor, in late 1999 or early 2000.
Edwardes says that Johnson put his hand “high” up her leg and had “enough inner flesh beneath his fingers” to make her “sit suddenly upright”.
She says that after the dinner, she confided what had happened to the woman who had been sat on Johnson’s opposite side, who she knew.
She says the woman replied: “Oh God, he did exactly the same to me.”
Prime minister Boris Johnson is alleged to have grabbed the inner thigh of two women at a private dinner in 1999[/caption]
What has Mary Wakefield said?
In a statement, Mary Wakefield said: “I am not the woman referred to in Charlotte Edwardes’s column.
“Boris was a good boss and nothing like this ever happened to me.
“Nor has Charlotte, who I like and admire, ever discussed the incident with me.”
Number Ten has responded to the article with a statement that said: “The allegation is untrue.”
Ms Edwardes responded to the prime minister’s denial by tweeting: “If the prime minister doesn’t recollect the incident then clearly I have a better memory than he does.”
How has the Conservative Party responded?
Asked by the BBC whether his denial of the allegation amounted to an accusation that Edwardes had made it up, Johnson said: “I’m just saying what I’ve said.
“I think that what the public want to hear is what we’re doing for them and for the country.”
Also speaking to the BBC, chancellor Sajid Javid said: “The Prime Minister has said that this is completely untrue.
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“I have full faith in the Prime Minister, I don’t doubt what he has said for a second but I’m not going to get drawn into these allegations.”
But former education secretary Justine Greening said: “I can’t comment on those accusations, but they are deeply concerning, and in a sense they go to the heart of this question about character and integrity of people in public life and what standards the electorate have a right to expect.”