Female executive at Octopus Energy tells how she was ‘violently assaulted’ in hotel bar at Tory conference by ‘drunk’ man after he ‘invaded’ her room
- Clementine Cowton was ‘violently assaulted’ in the bar at the Tory conference last night
- Octopus Energy Group executive was reportedly attacked in Manchester hotel
- Tory Party said it has revoked man’s pass and is working with police on incident
A female director says she called police after being ‘violently assaulted’ in a hotel bar at the Tory Party conference in Manchester last night.
Clementine Cowton, the director of external affairs at Octopus Energy Group, told a side event today that she was attacked in the conference room by a man in the bar of the city’s Midland hotel.
She described the “intoxicated” man as in his mid-thirties, white and bald, and said he had allegedly “invaded” her space and refused to leave despite asking “politely” several times.
Clementine Cowton, the external affairs director at Octopus Energy, says she called police after being “violently assaulted” at a hotel bar at the Tory Party conference in Manchester last night.
When he refused to leave, Miss Cowton said she took his phone and dropped it on the floor to create space between them when he picked it up. When he went to pick her up, he would then ‘come back and attack’ her.
She claimed he tried to hit her, but he was “immediately attacked by many people who prevented him from doing anything”, and only managed to “smash a glass” from her hand.
The director added that she reported the alleged incident to police after officers approached her 20 minutes later. MailOnline has contacted the Greater Manchester Police Department for more information.
“I’m sorry to have to do this to everyone,” Miss Cowton said during the event.
Miss Cowton told a fringe event today that she was attacked in the conference area by a man in the bar of the city’s Midland hotel
“It was a bit of a surprise, but I want to take the opportunity to say that women are often unsafe in places where other people feel safe, and it’s really important that we start taking that much more seriously as a society and, too start with the police.’
A Conservative Party spokesman told MailOnline: “This behavior is completely unacceptable and the party has revoked the person concerned and is cooperating with the police.”
Energy Secretary Greg Hands said it was a “shocking report” and “we are all behind you,” according to the Times.
He added: ‘If there’s anything that can be done to help the research, I think we’d all like to help throughout this conference. But thank you for telling us about it and… giving us a real example of such a great challenge facing this country as a whole.”
MailOnline has contacted the Midland hotel for comment.
A police spokesperson said: ‘Police responded to an incident at the hotel in Midland this morning (Monday, October 4) at around 12:30 pm to reports of an attack on a 33-year-old woman.
“Officers arrived quickly, there were no reports of injuries and no arrests made, but a man has been identified, whose accreditation was withdrawn for the remainder of the Conservative Party conference.
“Our investigation into what happened is still ongoing. GMP is there to protect. Women’s safety is a top priority and something we continue to take incredibly seriously.
‘If you see or hear anything that doesn’t seem quite right, please don’t hesitate to contact the police, which you can do via LiveChat on our website www.gmp.police.uk, or call 101 or 999 in an emergency .’