Victoria writer Daisy Goodwin claims she was 'groped' during Downing Street visit

Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin, creator of ITV royal drama Victoria, said she was pestered by the aide when David Cameron was prime minister.

The official, "who was a few years younger than me", showed her into a room dominated by a portrait of Margaret Thatcher.

Goodwin claimed that despite trying to steer the conversation back to TV, at the end of the meeting the official groped her breast.

'I looked at the hand and then in my best Lady Bracknell voice said: "Are you actually touching my breast?"

Goodwin said she had first met the official at a dinner and he had followed up with an email inviting her to Number 10.

The comments from Goodwin, 55, added to the sexual harassment allegations in Westminster and the media industry, which have cost Michael Fallon his job as defence secretary, with investigations under way into alleged inappropriate conduct by Damian Green, the first secretary of state, and Mark Garnier, the global trade minister.

Goodwin, who made her name as a poet but has become a leading TV writer and producer, told the Radio Times how she was "summoned" to Downing Street to discuss her idea for a TV programme.

She said this retort prompted him to "drop his hand and laugh nervously".

'Then to my surprise he put his feet on my chair (we were sitting side by side) and said that my sunglasses made me look like a Bond Girl.

'I swept out in what can only be called high dudgeon.

She added: 'It didn't occur to me to report the incident, I was fine, after all, and who on earth would I report it to?

'These things did happen and I had indeed learnt how to deal with them.

The cover of the latest edition of Radio Times, which contains an article by Daisy Goodwin alleging improper touching by a Government official.

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.

'I think humiliating the official was probably the appropriate punishment, but suppose he tried it on with someone less able to defend themselves?'

Number 10 promised a Cabinet Office investigation should a formal complaint be made, with a spokesperson saying such allegations are treated "very seriously".

Downing Street said that the Cabinet Office would look into any formal complaint if Goodwin decided to make one.

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