Ted Heath Whip Boasted He Could Cover Up ‘Scandals Involving Small Boys’

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A member of Edward Heath’s government boasts about how he could cover up a “scandal involving small boys” and MPs to ensure their loyalty.

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Footage has re-emerged showing a Tory whip saying his job was to cover up scandals involving ‘small boys’ and MPs

Tim Fortescue, who was a whip under  Ted Heath between 1970 and 1973, spoke to the BBC in 1995 for a documentary called “Westminster’s Secret Service”

Fortescue, who died in 2008, admitted that  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.

The MailOnline reports: Mr Fortescue, who died aged 92 in 2008, claimed he could help MPs with scandals ‘involving small boys’ in order to exert control over them to make sure they vote in line with their party’s intentions.

He said: ‘For anyone with any sense, who was in trouble, would come to the whips and tell them the truth, and say now, ‘I’m in a jam, can you help?’.

‘It might be debt, it might be… a scandal involving small boys, or any kind of scandal in which… a member seemed likely to be mixed up in, they’d come and ask if we could help and if we could, we did.

‘And we would do everything we can because we would store up brownie points… and if I mean, that sounds a pretty, pretty nasty reason, but it’s one of the reasons because if we could get a chap out of trouble then, he will do as we ask forever more.’

The admission was made in a 1995 BBC documentary on life in Parliament, which was released last year when the Westminster paedophile scandal first emerged.

Mr Fortescue’s interview lifted the lid on the lengths the whips’ office would go to in order to prevent an MP’s private life becoming public.

Since then the Prime Minister has ordered that all secret Tory files about the private lives of MPs are to be opened up for an inquiry into widespread child abuse at the heart of the establishment.

A panel of experts will examine evidence that successive governments, charities, political parties, the NHS, the BBC and the Church failed to protect children from paedophiles.

It has been claimed that powerful figures, including MPs, judges, senior military figure and celebrities, were able to avoid prosecution for abusing children as part of an Establishment cover-up.

Sex parties would be held at Dolphin Square in Pimlico and also children in care would be plucked from homes and abused.


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