London: Downing Street has been dragged into the West-minster sexual harassment scandal after a well-known writer claimed one of David Cameron’s officials groped her. Daisy Goodwin, who wrote and produced hit TV show Victoria, said that she had immediately called out the official, saying: “Are you actually touching my breast?” She alleged that the incident occurred after the man “summoned” her to No 10 to discuss an idea for a TV programme. The claim takes the harassment scandal to the heart of power in British politics, after weeks which have already seen a Cabinet minister’s career end over inappropriate behaviour and allegations of rape made in three different parties.
Describing what the man did during the meeting “a few years ago”, she said, “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 tried to turn the conversation to turning exports into unmissable TV. 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?’” She went on to say how the official “dropped his hand and laughed nervously”, before she left “cross” but not traumatised.