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 :“The elements of lack of freedom and capacity to consent make the decision highly irregular. This is shocking in itself.
“It further troubles me that the senior police officer who dropped the case revealed to the victim that he apparently took a series of worthless stereotypes and other irrelevant points into consideration.”
“Most of these stereotypes have been blown out of the water in recent months. Or so I thought.
“There has been a sea change in the climate surrounding rape, historic cases in particular. Why is it that the tide has not reached this case?”
Those who may doubt the woman’s description of the case can listen and see her account on the Exaro website here.
What you will know is that the police never put it to the alleged perpetrator. There are too many unanswered questions in the Met Police’s handling of this for no action to be taken. So Tom Watson is right to demand it.