Watson position described as ‘untenable’ after ‘dog whistle’ amplified false claims of abuse by convicted fraudster
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is under increasing pressure to resign after the conviction of Carl Beech on twelve counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud. Beech had received tens of thousands of pounds in compensation after making false allegations of sexual abuse.
Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, a prominent victim of Beech’s lies, singled out Watson for particularly scathing criticism for his behaviour and told the BBC that he blamed Watson’s ‘interference’ and ‘pressure’ for his ordeal – but Watson tried to brazen it out:
However, Proctor was not the only critic of Watson’s role in miscarriages of justice. IICSA, the formal inquiry into sexual abuse of children, heard that Watson had jumped the gun without listening properly when he told Parliament of a ‘powerful paedophile network’ linked to Downing Street.
Watson was also forced to make a formal apology for his claims about former Tory minister Leon Brittan, describing his own words as ’emotive and unnecessary’.
Remarkably, in spite of these criticisms of his ‘spectacular bad judgment’, Watson has persisted in trying to commandeer Labour’s disciplinary processes – and was publicly rebuked by Labour general secretary Jennie Formby for ‘polluting’ the process and putting the proper result of antisemitism cases at risk.
Tom Watson was contacted for comment.
Social media is again awash with calls for Watson to step down from his ‘untenable’ position, this time for his failures and lack of judgment in abuse cases.
The damage Watson has done makes him unfit to represent the Labour Party as an MP, let alone as deputy leader. For the sake of the party and out of respect for the victims of his failures, he must go.
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