- Tim Fortescue served as a whip in Heath’s government from 1970 to 1973
- He claimed he hushed up MPs’ scandals to store up ‘brownie points’
- He said: ‘It might be debt, it might be… a scandal involving small boys’
- Heath himself kept MPs’ secrets in a ‘dirt book’ to keep them in line
This is the chilling moment Sir Edward Heath’s Commons enforcer revealed part of his job had been to cover up ‘scandals involving small boys’.
Tim Fortescue, an assistant whip while Sir Edward was prime minister, was part of the so-called ‘Westminster Secret Service’ who would hide dirty secrets for MPs and blackmail them for loyalty.
Mr Fortescue, who died in 2008, admitted Ted Heath had encouraged him to compile a ‘dirt book’ on Tory colleagues and would try to ‘get a chap out of trouble’ before demanding favours in return.
Sir Edward, who has now himself been accused of child abuse, also kept his own to keep his MPs in line.
Support: Whip Tim Fortescue, left, admitted that while serving Sir Edward Heath, right while in power, paedophilia was covered up to blackmail MPs into supporting the government [more + video…]
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