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.
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