Day Two of the London Bridge stewards distraction attack

Thought you’d want to see that after Pritti Patel yesterday, it seems poor old  Michael Fallon, Conservative Party Deputy Chair is on the attack rota today.  I like and admire Michael. A tiny piece of his soul will have been extinguished with the tortured words below. I reproduce the Tory central office press release in its full glory:

Fallon: Miliband must condemn Tom Watson’s shameful Jubilee attack

Deputy Chairman of the Labour Party Tom Watson MP has yet to apologise for his remarks on Twitter dismissing the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations as a ‘show of opulence by state elites’. And Ed Miliband has yet to condemn the comments.

Commenting, Conservative Party Deputy Chairman Michael Fallon, said:

‘The Diamond Jubilee celebrations showed the best of British as the country came together to celebrate 60 years of service by our Queen.  For Labour’s Deputy Chairman to attack the Jubilee celebrations in this way is shameful. Ed Miliband must stop being weak and condemn these remarks.’


For further information, please contact the press office on 020 7984 8121.

Notes to editors

 ·         Tom Watson claimed that the Jubilee celebrations were a ‘show of opulence’.  Tom Watson tweeted ‘Young people as commodities with few rights in a show of opulence by state elites? Isn’t there a powerful symbolism to that’ (Tom Watson, Twitter, 6 June 2012, link).

 ·         Tom Watson has failed to apologise for his remarks.  In a blog post Tom Watson has claimed that his tweet was taken out of context but has failed to apologise for any offence that he may have caused (Tom Watson, Tom Watson MP Blog, 6 June 2012, link).

·        Ed Miliband has not passed any comment on his Deputy Chairman’s remarks.




News reaches me that the Tories have attacked the Labour Party for my comments about those poor young people who were made to change into their uniforms in public under London Bridge at the weekend.

I suspect they crassly assumed that I would hold anti-monarchist views because of the strident position I have taken in other policy areas.

My comments were misconstrued and nobody should think I was referring to The Queen. I spent most of the weekend celebrating her extraordinary service to Britain at events in the Midlands. I am a strong supporter of the monarchy. Those celebrations were for the people and for her, not the political elite.

And just in case some of my tabloid friends are thinking of wilfully misconstruing my position, please see below, pictures of our family jubilee party. There was also the wonderful event held at Hartlebury Castle – where Elizabeth I once stayed and there is a plaque to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.

I think I’ve made my point. Are you reading this Tom Newton Dunn of the Sun?

And just to make certain: my silver jubilee scout badge even made an appearance at the weekend too.