Investigation into handling of child sex allegations against Sir Edward Heath

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating allegations concerning Wiltshire Police’s handling of an alleged claim of child sexual abuse made in the 1990s against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

View all 16 updates ›

Surprise over Heath abuse allegations

Former Conservative MP Brian Binley, who worked in Sir Edward's office for a period of time, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it's a very confusing story really, maybe produced during the silly season, kept back because stories are at a premium at this time.

"I find it very difficult to believe from the Ted Heath that I knew.

"I was, by the way, attached for a short time for private office - I wasn't there very long but I did get to know him a little bit - and I would be very, very surprised indeed if there is any substance to these allegations concerning a man whose private life was very controlled, and I doubt whether he'd place himself in such a vulnerable position with the sort of people who are said to have made these accusations."

More on this story