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Watson statement met with cries of 'shame' from Tories

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.


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Watson offers no apology for handling of Brittan claims

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.

Tom Watson said all MPs needed to examine their consciences over the handling of sex abuse allegations.

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).

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PM wades into row over Tom Watson's abuse claims

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."

David Cameron says Tom Watson has questions to answer Credit: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

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.

– David Cameron

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".


West Bromwich man killed in tree collision named by police

Tarvinder Singh died in the collision Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who died in in a collision in West Bromwich earlier this week has been named by police.

Tarvinder Singh, 42, from West Bromwich died after his Mercedes Sprinter van hit a tree on Wiltshire Road on Monday night.

The father of two was thought to have been on his way home from work when his car collided with a tree.

Police are urging anyone who saw the collision to come forward with information.

Man arrested in Romania over West Brom murder

Masoud Esmailian was found fatally stabbed in West Bromwich Credit: West Midlands Police

Police in Romania have arrested a man for the murder of Masoud Esmailian in West Bromwich following the successful application of a European Arrest Warrant.

Mr Esmailian was found fatally stabbed in his home address in Montgomery Walk on 28 August.

The 19-year-old man was arrested on 6 September in the Arges county of Romania and is now entering the extradition process.

West Midlands Police said the investigate into the death of Mr Esmailian continues and they are appealing to anyone in the area who may have seen or heard anything between midnight on 27 August and 11pm on 28 August, to contact police on 101.

Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.

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