Lady Brittan: MPs abuse parliamentary privilege

Posted On: 
24th March 2016

MPs are guilty of a “serious abuse of public office” for making unfounded claims in Parliament about the Westminster paedophile ring, Leon Brittan’s widow has said.

Lady Brittan made the comments after receiving a letter from Scotland Yard saying an abuse investigation had found no wrongdoing by her late husband.

The police dropped their investigation into allegations of rape against Lord Brittan, but neither he nor his family were informed before he died of cancer earlier this year.

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Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson came under sustained fire after it emerged he wrote a letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions urging police to review the investigation into the Tory peer.

He also spoke in the Commons of a “powerful paedophile network linked to parliament and No 10”, which prompted a number of police inquiries. 

“It was extremely painful to witness Leon’s good name dragged into the public domain and I feel using parliamentary privilege to publicise opinions that are not based on fact is a serious abuse of public office,” Lady Brittan said.

Although she did not name Mr Watson, Lady Brittan's friends told The Times he and other MPs had caused great upset.

Labour’s Jim Hood, also used parliamentary privilege to name Lord Brittan in connection with child abuse allegations in October 2014.