The Courier-Mail

’Shy, gay’ Heath not a pe­dophile, madam says

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LON­DON: A for­mer brothel keeper at the cen­tre off the Ed­ward Heath child-sex scan­dal said she ar­ranged male es­corts for him but in­sisted the for­mer Bri­tish prime min­is­ter was not a pe­dophile.

Myra Ling-Ling Forde said Sir Ed­ward (pic­tured) was a “shy, gay man” and that she be­lieved seven po­lice forces in­ves­ti­gat­ing abuse claims against the late politi­cian would find no ev­i­dence.

The 67-year-old has de­nied claims she threat­ened to ex­pose him be­fore a pros­e­cu­tion against her col­lapsed in the early 1990s.

In an in­ter­view with the Sun news­pa­per, Ms Forde said: “I knew Ed­ward Heath in the early ’ 90s and pro­vided young men for him. But he was not into sex with chil­dren.

“He was just a very se­cre­tive and shy gay man.”

Heath led the Con­ser­va­tive UK gov­ern­ment be­tween 1970 and 1974. He died aged 89 in July 2005.

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