Socialist Worker

Did the police cover up child abuse for former Tory prime minister?

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2465

A retired cop has claimed that Wiltshire police covered up allegations of child abuse by former Tory prime minister Edward Heath in the 1990s.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the claims that “a criminal prosecution was not pursued when a person threatened to expose that Sir Edward Heath may have been involved in offences concerning children.”  

It will also examine whether Wiltshire police ever followed up the allegations of child abuse against Heath, who died in 2005.

London’s Metropolitan police are also investigating the allegations as part of their Operation Midland inquiry into alleged abuse and murder of children by senior establishment figures in the 1970s and 1980s.  

Heath is the latest establishment figure to be investigated as the public inquiry into historic institutional abuse begins. 

The Tories had to bring in a judge from New Zealand to chair the inquiry after the two previously appointees had to stand down. They had too many connections with figures from the period being investigated.


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