Watson said that a letter sent by James Murdoch seemed, “uncannily” to address concerns raised during private discussion in the select committee, which was split over the assertion that Rupert Murdoch wasn’t a fit and proper person to run a media organisation.
@LouiseMensch you mean James murdoch’s second letter that seemed to uncannily answer concerns raised in private discussions? No problem.
— tom_watson (@tom_watson) May 3, 2012
@tom_watson are you accusing me of something? Not like you. Don’t let temper get better of you. “Fit” was error.
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) May 3, 2012
Eventually the committee voted down party lines, with the Conservative members refusing to vote for that finding.
The Labour MP Chris Bryant also joined in the discussion suggesting that the Conservatives were lobbied by News Corp regarding the eventual outcome of the committee’s report.
While the Tory MPs initially said the unfit finding was a last minute amendment, it appears that it had actually been tabled on the 27th.
“You waited until the Monday to say you wouldn’t support report of it was included,” said Watson on Twitter.