Female executive, 33, ‘violently assaulted’ at hotel bar after Conservative Party Conference in Manchester

AN energy executive said she was “violently assaulted” at a hotel bar during the Conservative Party conference.

Clementine Cowton, 33, director of external affairs at Octopus Energy, told the ConservativeHome fringe event that she was attacked by an “intoxicated” man at the Midland hotel in Manchester last night.

Clementine Cowton said she was attacked by an ‘intoxicated’ man[/caption]
The alleged attack happened at the Midland hotel in Manchester

She said the man – aged in his mid-30s, white and bald – “invaded” her space and wouldn’t leave her alone despite her asking him to.

Ms Cowton said she took the man’s phone and dropped it on the floor in order to distance herself from him as he picked it up.

She claimed the man then “came back and attacked her”, allegedly trying to punch her before he was “set upon by lots of people who stopped him from doing anything.

Ms Cowton said the man was able to “smash a glass” out of her hand, and she reported the alleged attack to cops after officers came over to her.

She told the fringe event: “It was a bit of a surprise but I do want to just take the opportunity to say, women are often unsafe in places where other people feel safe, and it’s really important that we start to take that much more seriously as a society.”

A Conservative Party spokesman told the MailOnline: ‘This behaviour is completely unacceptable and the Party has revoked the pass of the individual concerned and is working with the police.”

The man has been identified by the Tories and was thrown out of the conference, the Guardian reported.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Police responded to an incident at the Midland hotel at around 12:30am this morning to reports of an assault on a 33-year-old woman.

“Officers arrived quickly, there were no reports of any injures, and no arrests were made, however a man has been identified, had his accreditation removed for the remainder of the Conservative Party Conference.

“Our investigation into what happened is ongoing. GMP is here to protect. Women’s safety is a top priority, and something we continue to take incredibly seriously.”

Energy Minister Greg Hands said Ms Cowton’s report was a “shocking account”, adding “we all stand with you”, the Times reported.


It comes as Sir Iain Duncan Smith says he has been attacked by a gang of “stupid, incoherent” thugs who hit him over the head with a traffic cone during the conference.

The former Tory leader was en route to an event at a hotel in Manchester today when a group of men and women reportedly started to follow him.

As Sir Iain – MP for Chingford and Woodford Green – walked to the venue, one of the gang allegedly “smashed” a cone over his head after shouting “abusive” language at him.

The veteran backbencher told The Spectator: “For half a second I was about to go up and punch them, I went forward and they all backed off – I nearly knocked them out, lost my rag. 

“I can’t tell you very much other than they just followed us, used abusive language, attacked us and used a cone.

“I have to say I would have very nearly been done for assault myself, I turned after them and they sort of backed off and I dropped the cone.”

Meanwhile, minister Jacob Rees-Mogg was chased down the street and called “scum” by protesters in Manchester today.

The Commons leader was hounded and booed outside the Conservative Party conference by an anti-Brexit rabble.

He briefly stopped to try and reason with the crowd, who were brandishing EU and Irish flags, before police stepped in.

Mr Rees-Mogg was then separately accosted by a man who blames the Tories for not being able to find work.

The man told the veteran Tory MP “you’ve made my life harder” and that he was a disgrace.

He added that the Commons leader was “an Eton millionaire who doesn’t care about disabled people.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg was chased down the street and called ‘scum’ by protesters in Manchester[/caption]

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