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Leon Brittan [Image: Guardian].

Leon Brittan [Image: Guardian].

It seems Sunday Times columnist Dominic Lawson has attacked the credibility of those who have connected the late Leon Brittan with the current Met police investigation into  historical child sex abuse dating back to the 1980s. Fortunately the excellent David Hencke is on hand to take apart Lawson’s arguments and call that reporter’s own tactics into question.

“By taking the argument that those who say that he could be a paedophile – such as Tom Watson and Simon Danczuk  are part of a  frenzied Labour left-wing plot to get back at Tories close to Margaret Thatcher,he is way off the mark,” writes Mr Hencke.

“For a start, he questioned whether ‘Nick’s account  about  Leon Brittan and others sexually abusing him was accurate. Yet ‘Nick’ has already been described by the  Met Police as ‘a credible witness’. They do not do such a thing lightly. and they certainly don’t do it just because Tom Watson or Exaro News say so. They make up their own mind.

“Second, if he started to examine the known facts about  the allegations against Leon Brittan he might have pause for thought. ‘Nick’ is not the only person to make these allegations. Separate allegations have been made by more than a handful of other survivors and a number are still being followed up by the police because they involve other people.

“As a journo if you want to establish the probability of a fact – one of the most compelling arguments is when two or more people who did not know each other give a similar story. So unless Dominic Lawson is going to argue that there is a wicked conspiracy among survivors across England to name and frame Leon Brittan for some unknown reason this does not stand up.”

For much more information on this, read the article on David Hencke’s own blog.

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