Lord Watson, a member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party, denied two charges of intentionally setting a fire when he first appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Aug. 23.
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Watson is charged with deliberately setting fire to a curtain in the lobby of the Prestonfield House Hotel in the early hours of Nov. 12, shortly after he attended a dinner to announce the Scottish politician of the year.
The prosecution says the curtain, a curtain rail, walls and a ceiling were damaged and the lives of hotel guests were put in danger.
Watson is also charged with setting fire to a curtain in the hotel's Yellow Room, damaging the curtain and endangering the lives of hotel guests.
30 August 2005
Next Year's Field for "Scottish Politician of the Year" Narrows by One
A Member of the Scottish Parliament and the British House of Lords has been charged with arson after he torched the drapes in an Edinburgh hotel upon his return from a dinner presenting the "Scottish Politician of the Year". The Associated Press reports: