Five police forces in the U.K. are investigating sex abuse allegations against the late Edward Heath, who was the country’s prime minister in the 1970s.
Wiltshire Police say detectives and a national child abuse prevention charity have received “a number of calls” following appeals for information.
Heath, who died in 2005, is the latest public figure in Britain to be scrutinized for historic sex abuse allegations.
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Labour MP Tom Watson claimed he received information relating to allegations of child abuse involving Sir Edward in 2012.
He added: ”A separate claim concerning Heath was made to me subsequently.
”I passed them both to the police, who have confirmed to me that at least one of those allegations is being investigated and taken seriously.”
The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation said: ”We welcome the investigation by Wiltshire Police, which we wholeheartedly believe will clear Sir Edward’s name and we will co-operate fully with the police in their inquiries.”
Sir Edward, who led the Conservative government between 1970 and 1974, never married and was famously reticent about his private life.
One biographer concluded that he may have been a latent or repressed homosexual while another thought he was ”pretty well sexless”.
Away from politics he was noted for his enthusiasm for sailing and classical music.
Sir Edward died at home in Salisbury aged 89 in July 2005.