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Police to reopen Jeremy Thorpe investigation

Jeremy Thorpe, former MP for North Devon Photo:

An investigation into the alleged involvement of the former leader of the Liberal Party in a plot to kill is to be reopened.

Avon and Somerset Police has passed the files from the original investigation about Jeremy Thorpe, former MP for North Devon, to colleagues in Wales.

“We can now confirm that Gwent Police will be leading this investigation. This will be an independent review into the original investigation."

– Avon and Somerset Police

The alleged hit man Dennis Meighan told The Mail on Sunday that he met representatives of Thorpe in 1975. He claims they wanted Norman Scott, said to have been the MP's gay lover, silenced.

However a few days later Mr Meighan says he backed out of the plot and told the police. But he alleges that all mentions of Jeremy Thorpe in his police statement were removed. He believes that someone in Whitehall covered up his claims. He was never called to give evidence at Mr Thorpe's trial along with three other men accused of attempting to murder Scott. All four men were acquitted at the high profile trial.

Jeremy Thorpe had seemingly been destined for a huge political career but the scandal saw him fade out of front line politics. He died in 2014.