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Tom Watson offers no apology for handling of Brittan allegations

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has defended his decision to pass on sex abuse allegations against former home secretary Leon Brittan.

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.

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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".

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