West Bromwich MP Tom Watson will face a grilling from MPs over his pursuit of sex abuse allegations against the late Lord Brittan.Read the full story ›
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is to face a grilling from MPs over his pursuit of sex abuse allegations against the late Conservative cabinet minister, Lord Brittan.
The Commons Home Affairs Committee said that it had "invited" Mr Watson to appear before them on 21 October. The Metropolitan Police will also give evidence on the the same day.
The committee firmly believes that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which the Home Secretary has established under the chairmanship of Judge Lowell Goddard, is the most appropriate channel for these very important matters to be examined.
Our evidence session is therefore intended as a continuation of the regular series of very helpful regular updates which the committee received from the Metropolitan Police in the last Parliament and to hear evidence on a particular case.
The committee fully appreciates that ongoing operational activities are a matter for the police and these areas will not be discussed during the session.
MPs will decide whether to call Tom Watson for a grilling over his pursuit of sex abuse allegations against former peer Lord Brittan.Read the full story ›
Labour deputy speaker Tom Watson was heckled with shouts of "shame" from across the benches after making his statement in the House of Commons, as ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship noted.
Tories shout 'shame' at Tom Watson after he speaks at the dispatch box and refuses to apologise for making accusations on #childabuse
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has defended his decision to pass on sex abuse claims against former home secretary Leon Brittan and urged all MPs to "examine their consciences" over the handling of such allegations.
Prime Minister David Cameron earlier said Mr Watson had "a lot of questions to answer" and should "examine his conscience" after Lord Brittan's brother called on him for an apology.
Responding with a statement in the House of Commons, Mr Watson said: "We all need to examine our consciences in this house."
He added: "We've presided over a state of affairs where children have been abused and then ignored, dismissed and then disdained. If anyone deserves an apology, it's them."
Lord Brittan's brother Sir Samuel Brittan has condemned the West Bromwich East MP for passing "unfounded allegations" from a number of alleged victims to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Prime Minister David Cameron has waded into the row over how Tom Watson handled allegations against Leon Brittan, saying the Labour deputy "has a lot of questions to answer."
Speaking during an interview with LBC radio Cameron said it was right for Watson to have to face questions over the allegations he made and "examine his conscience about whether he's said enough so far."
It's clear I think that he's got a lot of questions to answer and the House of Commons Select Committees are quite rightly going to ask him some questions so I'm sure he should answer those questions and examine his conscience about whether he's said enough so far.
At the weekend Watson defended the way he handled allegations against Leon Brittan regarding rape allegations but conceded he should not have repeated a claim that the former Home Secretary was "close to evil".
Labour deputy defends decision to inform authorities of allegations against peer, but admits he should not have called him "close to evil".Read the full story ›