Leon Brittan: Scotland Yard admits reopening rape investigation over fears of ‘media criticism’
Scotland Yard has admitted reopening a rape investigation into Lord Brittan because it was worried about “media criticism and public cynicism”.
Detectives examining a rape claim against the former Home Secretary, dating back more than 40-years, concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed in September 2013.
However the case was reopened and the terminally ill Lord Brittan was questioned by police the following May after Labour MP, Tom Watson, revealed he had written to Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, to complain.
When in November 2014, just two months before Lord Brittan died, the Crown Prosecution Service said there was not enough evidence for them to consider bringing charges, one of the Met’s most senior officers, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse appealed that decision, dragging the case out still further.