Watson pressured to produce evidence behind his claims against Leon Brittan

As a reporter, it is hard for This Writer to understand the Conservative gentleman’s attitude to this.

The only pressure that Tom Watson could have put on the Director of Public Prosecutions would be the weight of evidence against Leon Brittan – that would be the only leverage that could force an investigation. Evidence is the only reason to investigate anybody.

It is ironic that, now Leon Brittan has passed away, people can say anything they want about him. You can’t libel the dead, you see.

Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, is facing mounting political pressure over his pursuit of allegations of child sexual abuse against the former Conservative home secretary Leon Brittan.

Bob Neill, the Conservative chairman of the justice committee, has demanded the publication of a letter Watson wrote to the director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, in which the Labour MP called for the accusations to be reinvestigated.

Neill has also called for Saunders’ subsequent correspondence with the police to be made public to gauge how much influence Watson’s interventions had in Scotland Yard’s decision to reopen the historical rape allegation. Watson claims Lord Brittan would have been interviewed by police even without his intervention.

Source: Tom Watson faces rising pressure over Leon Brittan claims | Politics | The Guardian

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15 thoughts on “Watson pressured to produce evidence behind his claims against Leon Brittan

  1. Bookworm

    Think this is a Tory attempt to destabilise the Labour party bearing in mind Tom Watson is deputy leader?

      1. AndyH

        Yep – the labour scandals are shocking – Jeremy Corbyn had consensual sex with a woman and Tom Watson reported a suspected child abuser to the police – I don’t know how they sleep at night…

  2. AndyH

    Anyone else notice that the Daily Mail criticised Watson for pressing the police to investigate an alleged child abuser, but regard it is as okay to swear people for alleged links to PIE?

      1. AndyH

        They have perfected the art of clickbait. They fact they recently hired a certain narcissist from the apprentince says it all…

  3. Florence

    More smears & lies, unfortunately. It’s not the actual outcome of such “demands” they want, it’s the public process of demonising any member of the Labour party – the higher placed the better. Shame many will not see through the headlines. Bread & circuses to deflect from the post-conference outing of the lies peddled by all on the podium and fringe meetings, from the exposure of the truth about Tax Credit cuts, poverty, homelessness, NHS crisis, care crisis, economic reality, etc.

  4. Paul C. Dickie

    I believe it is worse than that.

    I believe that it is following on from the non-investigation by the BBC programme Panorama, in which allegations of historic child abuse were generally trashed. It is looking like a very public whitewash operation is being conducted, mainly by the Tories, and one must wonder why this should be, if they have nothing to hide.

    Then there is Harvey Proctor who, a few months ago, declared at a press conference that he’d never done anything with under age boys. That was certainly a remarkable claim to make, considering that he’d pleaded guilty on May 20, 1987, to four acts of gross indecency with two rent boys, neither of whom was over 21 – the age of consent for homosexualism at the time. Three counts involved a 17 year old.

    See http://bit.ly/1GEdIM6 for the report in the Glasgow Herald, May 21, 1987.

  5. Michael Broadhurst

    its obvious what happened to the report that was handed to Leon Brittain,as soon as he got his grubby paws on it,he burnt it because he knew he was implicated in it.
    i bet he couldn’t believe his luck.
    the question that should be asked is “didn’t the police read it before handing it over ” or
    were they bribed ?

    1. Paul C. Dickie

      There seems little reason to suppose corruption in the police, when their inaction may be adequately explained by their institutional indolence. In matters of public scandals, they invariably do the absolute minimum required for them not to be bothered by suggestions that they are shirking – for example, look at the way the Met was originally content with the ;phone hacking case against Murdoch’s dirty digger.

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