Barrister rejects Ted Heath link to dropped criminal case
Nigel Seed QC said he stopped the prosecution against Myra Forde, who was later convicted of controlling prostitutes, due to a lack of witnesses rather than because a claim of child abuse against Sir Edward would be exposed during her defence.
Mr Seed said: “The business about Edward Heath, well, nobody believed it at the time. She was a common criminal fighting to keep her liberty.
“I remember it well because I arrived at Winchester crown court and there were all these journalists. The police told me [they were there] because she was going to say that she provided male escorts for Ted Heath.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission, the policing watchdog, is investigating a claim that Wiltshire police backed off a prosecution when the suspect made allegations about Sir Edward.
Ms Forde has since denied that she was the person who made allegations against Sir Edward.
Five police forces – the Met, Wiltshire, Kent, Hampshire and Jersey – are conducting investigations into the former Conservative leader.