Tom Watson claims he is a ‘VICTIM’ of convicted fantasist Carl Beech

Labour’s deputy Tom Watson claims he is also a ‘victim’ of convicted fantasist Carl Beech’s lies as he faces calls to quit over VIP paedophile ‘witch hunt’

  • Tom Watson’s office sought to claim he too was a ‘victim’ of Beech, 51, yesterday
  • Corbyn’s deputy revealed he was quoting Beech four days after Leon Brittan’s death when he called him ‘as close to evil as a human being could get’ 
  • He had previously said he only met Beech once, but did not mention their emails 
  • Carl Beech victim Harvey Proctor called on Watson to step down as an MP 
  • Beech faces a lengthy jail sentence after his lies over Westminster ‘paedophile ring’ were exposed and he was convicted of perverting the course of justice  

Carl Beech: guilty of perverting the course of justice

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson was accused of an ‘outrageous’ attempt to elicit sympathy last night after claiming he too was a victim of convicted liar Carl Beech.

Watson also admitted for the first time he had been quoting Beech when he accused Lord Brittan of being ‘as close to evil as a human being could get’ in a brutal attack on the former home secretary just days after his death – for which Watson was ordered to apologise by Parliament.

Beech was convicted on Monday of perverting the course of justice and fraud, after his lies about a Westminster paedophile ring were proved to be blatant falsehoods at Newcastle Crown Court.

Watson met with Beech in 2014 prior to Beech’s police interviews, and Beech told Scotland Yard the then-rising Labour star was one of a small group supporting him.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson failed to reveal until yesterday he had exchanged emails with Beech and discussed the death of Leon Brittan with him

In an official statement, Mr Watson insisted Beech had never named any VIPs in their only face-to-face meeting. 

But the statement omitted to mention emails between the two, or that the convicted fantasist had spoken to him after Lord Brittan died.

Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP who was falsely accused of murder, child torture and rape by Beech, demanded Mr Watson resign as deputy party leader and as an MP.

He also called on Mr Watson to disclose all dealings with Beech and said the Home Affairs select committee should now investigate.

In October 2012 Watson claimed in Parliament that he had seen ‘clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10.’

Police fell for his lies and launched a multi-million pound police investigation that led to the homes of Field Marshall Lord Bramall, Lord Brittan and Mr Proctor being raided. 

Carl Beech, who used the alias ‘Nick’, was exposed as a liar over his claims of a VIP paedophile ring

Tom Watson said he’d met Beech once but didn’t admit to a string of emails

In 2014 Watson met with Beech, who could therefore brag to police that Mr Watson was his confidante, protector and a key part of a ‘little group supporting me’ as he made baseless claims of sexual abuse and murder in Westminster.

On Monday those claims were destroyed after Beech, 51, from Gloucester, was convicted of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud. He faces a lengthy jail sentence.

Mr Watson said: ‘I met the man I knew as ‘Nick’ once, on 8 July 2014, two years after I had raised my question in Parliament. During that meeting Nick said very little and did not name any of his alleged abusers.

‘I reassured Nick that the police had made clear that all allegations of historic sex abuse would be taken seriously and treated sensitively. That is what the police had asked me to do, and it was the process I followed with all those who claimed to be survivors of historic child sex abuse.

‘It was not my role to judge whether victims’ stories were true. I encouraged every person that came to me to take their story to the police and that is what I did with Nick.’

But Watson’s office admitted yesterday the Labour deputy leader had also been quoting Beech in a vicious Sunday Mirror article in January 2015, about which he was instructed to write a letter of apology to Brittan’s grieving widow Diana by the home affairs select committee.

But yesterday Watson’s spokesman said: ‘He is a victim of Beech. The man is a fraudster and has caused terrible damage. And of course to Tom definitely.’

Asked about Watson’s attack on Brittan, his spokesman said: ‘It was Nick. It [the quote] was in an email sent by Nick. After Lord Brittan died there was one email where he names Lord Brittan. There were [in total] a very small number of email exchanges.’

Harvey Proctor told the Telegraph: ‘Tom Watson should not be in parliament. He is a grandstander out for himself.

‘It is extraordinary that Tom Watson thinks he is a victim of anyone. That is an extraordinary and crass comment. ‘It is an outrageous attempt to gain sympathy. It is grandstanding.

‘Tom Watson tried to portray me and others as paedophiles. But I have not been the one consorting with paedophiles like Beech.’       

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