Watson ‘gave oxygen’ to false claims and exercised ‘spectacularly bad judgment’ in ‘crude dog whistle’ behaviour
Tom Watson has been hammered in public by one of the victims of false allegations of sexual harassment by Carl Beech. Beech was convicted today on twelve counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.
Watson had already been criticised by a witness to IICSA, the child sexual abuse inquiry, by one witness who spoke to him about allegations. Peter McKelvie said:
Tom Watson ‘mixed up’ his facts and made exaggerated claims about a ‘powerful paedophile network’ linked to Downing Street… I would never have wanted Tom Watson to do a PMQ as a tactic until he heard the whole story.
Now former MP Harvey Proctor, one of the victims of Beech’s accusations, has laid into Watson for his part in a ‘truly digraceful chapter’, saying that Watson ‘gave oxygen’ to the false claims and continuing:
The Metropolitan Police were lapdogs to Mr Watson’s crude dog whistle. It’s time for the torchlight to take a closer look at Mr Watson.
It is now beyond doubt that all of these allegations could never have been true and only someone with spectacular bad judgment could think that they might be.
It is time for an apology from him to me and everyone named or implicated in this truly disgraceful chapter in the history of British policing, which was allowed to happen because of internal failings at the highest level within the Metropolitan Police Service.
Tom Watson continues to try to insert himself into the Labour Party’s disciplinary processes and was recently heavily criticised by Labour officials and members for his attacks on party general secretary Jennie Formby.
Formby, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, had provided Watson and the rest of the Shadow Cabinet with information about the party’s response to the EHRC investigation into handling of antisemitism complaints. Watson was silent during the session, but then publicly attacked Formby in the media for supposedly failing to provide him with information.
He was also accused of breaching the 2010 Equality Act in his ‘bullying’ of Formby, who as a cancer sufferer qualifies for protection under the Act as a disabled person.
Mr Watson has been contacted for comment.
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