The Conservative Party’s ongoing campaign to smear Labour’s new leadership team isn’t going very well.
This week’s big idea was to shame deputy leader Tom Watson over his role in the investigation of the late Leon Brittan for sexual offences, in the months leading up to the former Home Secretary’s death.
How humiliating for the Tories, then, that the Crown Prosecution Service has revealed that it “at no point made any request to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) that they reopen their investigation into Lord Brittan in relation to complaints highlighted by Tom Watson MP.”
Tom Watson’s controversial letter to Britain’s top prosecutor did not lead to Leon Brittan being interviewed by police over sex abuse allegations, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
The CPS said a letter it received from Watson complaining about the case was not passed to Metropolitan police detectives investigating the former Tory cabinet minister until after they had interviewed Brittan under criminal caution.
Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, has been at the centre of a firestorm over his role in the treatment of Brittan and has been called to appear before MPs on the home affairs committee next week.
Conservative MPs are furious with Watson over his pursuit of Brittan, who was suffering from cancer in his final months, as well as the Labour MP’s comment soon after Brittan died that the Tory peer was “close to evil”.
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