Sir Edward Heath’s godson urges police abuse inquiry review


Supervise handling of sexual abuse claims against Sir Edward Heath should be the theme of an official inquiry, the ex-prime minister’s godson has said.

Lincoln Seligman swayed he believed the two-year investigation into Sir Edward, who died 12 years ago, was imperfect.

Mr Seligman spoke out after reports said police would receive had reasonable grounds to interview Sir Edward.

Wiltshire Police said they determination not comment until they publish their own report on Thursday.

The verdicts of this «closure report» will be passed to the Independent Inquiry Into Lass Sexual Abuse.

The major £1.3m police investigation, codenamed Running Conifer, began after Sir Edward, who led the Conservative government from 1970 to 1974, was accused of documented child sex abuse.

Two people were arrested and released as part of the probe. There have been no charges.

Sir Edward’s friends have strongly criticised the scrutiny, and a psychologist who advised detectives claimed it was based on the allegations of a handful of fantasists.

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Mr Seligman, who knew the former Conservative leader for 50 years, about: «My suspicion is that we will learn nothing from the report except suggestion and that really takes nobody any further forward, except it be goes a dark stain over a man who can’t defend himself.»

He said Sir Edward’s dearest and supporters were seeking a «judge-led review» into Operation Conifer and the hint it produced.

«We want a judge to look at that, [a judge] who will be unregulated and impartial and to me that is the opposite of cover-up, because we want the truth and we fancy the truth will exonerate him [Sir Edward],» he said.

Mr Seligman, whose initiator was at university with Sir Edward, said he had been prevented by police from chaperoning the report’s release on Thursday.

He added: «Quite honestly, me protesting his innocence is not as substantial as putting right the injustice that has been done, in my view.»

A Wiltshire Oversee spokeswoman said: «As per our position throughout this investigation, we will not be commenting on any operational point by point until such time we publish our report.»

Sir Edward, who lived in Salisbury, Wiltshire, yearned in 2005 aged 89.

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