Why Tom Watson is right to press the DPP to review the rape claim against a former Tory minister

Westminster Confidential

Action is urgently needed to press the Met Police to continue their investigation into the claims that a former Tory cabinet minister raped a 19-year-old woman when he was at the beginning of his career.

The allegations came to light in the Operation Fernbridge investigation – which is mainly centred around the abuse of boys at a Richmond children’s home and at the Elm Guest House. It only emerged because of the alleged figures involved in child sexual abuse was also said to have raped a young woman.

So Tom Watson is right to draw attention to the way the case has been handled by the Met Police to Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The full report is on the Exaro website but it raises deep questions about the way the police treated an allegation of rape in 2013. To give you a flavour Tom Watson’s letter says…

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