LONDON (Labour Buzz) - In 2012 Tom Watson gave a strong speech in the Commons about a powerful paedophile network linked to Number 10. The only problem was the claims were quickly debunked. A report by the IICSA on Tuesday found that while there was evidence that incidents of child sexual abuse could be linked to Westminster there was no evidence of an organised Westminster Paedophile network in which prominent people conspired to pass children amongst each other.
Watson has also publicly backed the testimony of Carl Beech who was known as Nick, who claimed to have witnessed the rape of young boys. The only problem was that after a £2.5 million police enquiry Beech was found to be a fantasist and he was handed an 18 year prison sentence for perverting the course of justice.
Speaking to the Daily Mail Mr Proctor said Watson has “hood-winked the country for years to advance his own personal and political position. The police and the CPS should now consider arresting him and charging him for the wholesale damage he has done to the likes of the late Field Marshal Lord Bramall, Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan and others, including myself.”
The view was echosed by Scotland Yard Detective Paul Settle who told the paper that Waston’s claims were politically motivated from the outset. The former detective claimed that he was only interested in pursuing claims against Conservative politicians.
In October Watson said he felt very sorry for the people caught up in the investigations, but claimed he was ‘genuinely trying to do the right thing’.
Meanwhile former Liberal leader Lord David Steele has resigned from the Lib Dems and quit the House of Lords after it emerged that he nominated the late MP Cyril Smith for a peerage despite knowing about allegations of child abuse.
Steele had told the inquiry that he saw no reason to go back to the allegations because they related to a time before he became leader of the party.
Speaking about the allegations a spokesperson for the Lib Dems which is apparently still going, said. “Cyril Smith’s acts were vile and repugnant. We have nothing but sympathy for those who lives he ruined.”
(Written by Tom Cropper, edited by Michael O'Sullivan)