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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