Janet Street-Porter groped at political party conference

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Janet Street-Porter has revealed she has sworn off attending political party conferences after being groped.

The Loose Women panellist, 76, revealed the sexual assault after being asked by Good Morning Britain presenter Ed Balls, 56, on Wednesday’s show if she’d had ‘bad experiences’ at political summits.

‘Yes I’ve certainly been groped,’ Janet responded, causing Ed’s GMB co-presenter Susanna Reid, 52, to recoil in shock.

Janet continued: ‘Well, yes, at all those drinks parties with the cheap white wine. Also, you encounter a species of people that you don’t see anywhere else.

‘For example, at the Tory party conference this week, you’ll see a lot of strange young men: very pale, carrying clipboards with phones pressed to their ears.

‘I mean, they’re like mutants from another planet. They live in politics world and nothing else.’

The comments came after Susanna, who spent yesterday reporting from the Tory party conference in Manchester, including interviewing prime minister Rishi Sunak, probed Janet over why she had called time on them.

‘Well, be honest, if you weren’t paid would you go?’ Janet quipped, causing Ed and Susanna to break out into giggles.

Speaking further about what it’s like at a conference, Janet explained: ‘It’s a weird cult. Here’s Britain with all sorts of urgent problems that need solving and these devotees, these card-carrying members, gather in halls out of the sunlight, all face the front. It’s Stalin-esque. Then they sell these really ugly souvenirs.’

Janet has recently spoken about being in ‘shock’ after being harrassed during a quiet walk’ by herself in Kent when a man ‘drove up behind’ her and shouted abuse.

‘A car suddenly drove up behind me, the man behind the wheel screamed I HATE YOU, WE ALL HATE YOU, YOU ARE STUPID and when I tried walk away he turned round and spat out YOU WILL GO DOWN,’ she tweeted at the time.

She also opened up about the terrifying incident on Loose Women and was urged by her co-stars Charlene White and Denise Welch to report it to the police.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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