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Old 09-07-2014, 12:29 AM   #56
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Member of Edward Heath's government boasted he could cover up a 'scandal involving small boys'
Tim Fortescue, who was a whip in Edward Heath’s government between 1970 and 1973, made the boast in a 1995 BBC documentary Westminster’s Secret Service.

Tim Fortescue from 'Westmister's Secret Service' BBC 1995

A short extract from the Michael Cockerell documentary 'Westmister's Secret Service' broadcast by the BBC in 1995.
Tim Fortescue was the chief whip under Edward Heath between 1970 and 1973. In the documentary it was revealed that the chief whip kept a little black 'dirt book' which contained information about MPs, and this was used as a method of political control.

“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 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. We would do everything we can because we would store up brownie points. That sounds a pretty nasty reason but one of the reasons is, if we can get a chap out of trouble, he’ll do as we ask forever more.”

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