TORY Daniel Korski has today QUIT the race to be Mayor of London following claims he groped a TV producer.
He pulled out saying the allegations had put “pressure” on his family and become a “distraction” to both his bid and the Party.
Daniel Korski has withdrawn from the London Mayoral race
Daisy Goodwin claimed more women have come forward after she publicly accused the ex-No10 adviser of touching her breasts Credit: PA:Press Association
Mr Korski said in a statement this afternoon: “I have decided, with a heavy heart, to withdraw from the Conservative mayoral contest.”
It came after telly writer Daisy Goodwin today confirmed she has tried to lodge a formal groping complaint to the Cabinet Office.
She also claimed more women have come forward after she publicly accused the ex-No10 adviser of touching her breasts at a Downing Street meeting.
Mr Korski had battled to keep his City Hall campaign from imploding amid a growing Pestminster storm which has seen key backers “pause” their support.
He strongly denies the allegations from a decade ago and yesterday told TalkTV: “I absolutely didn’t do that.”
But today Ms Goodwin said “he would say that, wouldn’t he” and stood by her version of events.
She told the BBC she has contacted the Cabinet Office to mount a formal complaint about Mr Korski and has received a response from the ethics team “suggesting we talk”.
In his statement Mr Korski said: “I categorically deny the allegation against me. Nothing was ever put to me formally ten years ago. Nor seven years ago when the allegation was alluded to.
“No investigation has ever taken place. I have been clear I would welcome and constructively participate in any investigation.”
The Conservative Party has been reluctant to launch their own investigation, citing a lack of formal complaint.
Ms Goodwin went public after he was shortlisted for the final three Tories vying to take on Sadiq Khan in next year’s London Mayoral race.
She said the alleged grope happened when he worked for David Cameron and had invited her into No10 for talks about a potential film.
The TV writer said since she made the claims she has been “contacted by other women with some very interesting stories… I feel entirely justified in having written the piece and naming him.”
Today Children’s Minister Claire Coutinho had become the latest to suspend her support for Mr Korski’s campaign.
She said: “I would say I’d be on pause at the moment because lots of things are happening.
But, at the same time, this is an allegation. He’s roundly denied it.
“If there is a complaint in the system, it needs to be followed up swiftly so we can find the facts and see what’s happened, but I do think it’s a very serious and concerning allegation.”
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