Labour deputy leader Tom Watson launched a scathing attack on a victim of child abuse, it has been revealed.
Mr Watson, who has been leading the campaign against allegations of sex abuse, targeted victim Ian McFadyen in an online message.
Mr McFadyen, who waived his right to anonymity as a victim to highlight abuse, was raped while he was a pupil at Caldicott Boys’ preparatory School in Buckinghamshire.
The school’s headmaster Roland Wright was jailed for eight years in 2014 for assaulting five pupils aged between eight and 13.
In the message, which has since been deleted, Mr Watson wrote: ‘He may be a survivor but Macfadyen appears a narcissistic bully.’
In the same message, Mr Watson also criticised Peter McKelvie, the original whistle blower who was also a victim of abuse, the Daily Telegraph revealed.
The MP for West Bromwich East wrote: ‘Peter is allowing his media appearances to bring the whole show down.’
It is believed the pair fell out when Mr Watson demanded his friend be appointed to the inquiry team looking into allegations of historical abuse.
Mr Watson has come under growing pressure in recent days for his campaign on allegations of sex abuse made against senior political figures. He has been labelled a ‘witch-finder general’ and ‘shameful’ by fellow MPs.
In a further blow to the newly appointed Labour deputy leader, further doubt was cast on the bombshell allegations last night when it emerged two key witnesses have been helped by a charity which uses controversial memory therapies.
Experts said the use of ‘unstructured therapeutic disclosure’ by the Lantern Project group in Merseyside should set ‘major alarm bells’ ringing.
The charity, run by Graham Wilmer, used ‘unstructured therapeutic disclosure’ in which the counsellor tells the victim about details of sex abuse they have suffered themselves.
There are fears it could repeat cases where so-called ‘recovered memory’ cases led to false claims of abuse.