Lie Detector company (Jason Hubble) offers free test after suspended Wallasey Labour member challenges MP
18:26, 14 AUG 2016 UPDATED 18:26, 14 AUG 2016
BY LIAM MURPHY
Offer follows row over whether threats and homophobic comments were made at party meeting
Jason Hubble the owner of a leading lie detector company has offered to carry out tests to resolve a dispute within a Merseyside Labour party .
Suspended Wallasey Labour member Paul Davies called for the tests after allegations of threats and homophobic remarks at a party meeting earlier in the summer.
The accusations have been strongly denied but are understood to be one of the factors which led to the suspension of Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (CLP) by national party bosses.
An investigation is now taking place but Mr Davies said he would submit to a lie detector test and called upon MP Angela Eagle or those who had made the allegations to also take one.
After the ECHO revealed Mr Davies’ challenge Jason Hubble, chief examiner of Lie Detectors UK offered to carry out the tests for free.
Normally, the company would charge up to £450, but Mr Hubble said he “would love to polygraph a politician” and said “there has to be a sense of jeopardy for it to work”.
Mr Hubble says the tests provide 92% to 98% accuracy and the Ministry of Justice has been training probation officers to use polygraphs to ensure serious sex offenders adhere to their licence conditions.
The test works by measuring body functions such as blood pressure, pulse, and breathing while the person is asked questions.
Jason Hubble from Lie Detectors UK (www.liedetectors-uk.com) who has offered free polygraph tests after Wallasey MP Angela Eagle was challenged by a local party member Paul Davies
Jason Hubble said some people try to beat the test but they have different techniques for spotting this and compensating.
He admitted the offer to do the test is “good publicity for us” but insisted he would be able to help, and said he had tested more than 1,000 people in cases ranging from infidelity to theft and said: “Around 70 to 80% of people we test pass.”
He said: “I would love to polygraph a politician. I’m not involved with any political party, but we get so many promises from them, but I don’t think any of them would put themselves though it.”
Paul Davies, who is co-vice chair of the suspended CLP, has been the most outspoken critic of the Wallasey MP since the allegations were made, and even spoke at length at a public meeting organised by Wirral TUC and attended by hundreds of local party members, insisting the claims of threats and homophobic comments could not be true.
Mr Davies said he would be happy to take the test, and said: “I’m looking forward to it.”
However, earlier this week a source close to Ms Eagle dismissed the idea of the MP taking a polygraph saying they are “are only extensively used in Britain on the Jeremy Kyle show” and adding: “In most European judicial systems, polygraph tests are not considered reliable evidence.”
The ECHO understands that Labour’s National Executive Committee is now taking evidence for their investigation into the allegations about Wallasey CLP and Mr Davies will be given an opportunity to give evidence to them.