Why allow presumption of guilt to hang over late PM?

Why allow presumption of guilt to hang over late PM?

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 SSAFA Service of Remembrance at Salisbury Cathedral last Friday reminded us of the 200,000 British soldiers killed at the Battle of Passchendaele, many of them from the Wiltshire Regiment and the Wiltshire Yeomanry exactly 100 years ago.

There was a poignancy about the lone piper playing the old Scottish lament, Flo’ers o’ the Forest as he disappeared down the central aisle.

It reminded me that I was there when the coffin of the late Sir Edward Heath was borne up the same aisle with full military honours in 2005.

It reminded me that I was there when the coffin of the late Sir Edward Heath was borne up the same aisle with full military honours in 2005. (He took part in the Normandy landings, and thereafter commanded my own regiment, the Honourable Artillery Company.) The results of the Wiltshire Police investigation into the ludicrous allegations against him were announced last week. 118 people responded to their disgraceful call for ‘victims’ at the gates of Sir Edward’s house. 111 of them have been dismissed out of hand. The seven remaining allegations which would have been sufficiently credible, apparently, to warrant Sir Edward’s questioning ‘under caution’, if he were still alive, are a pretty mixed lot. 

 

The most serious allegation – of a male rape in 1961 – was investigated by the Met Police two years ago and dismissed. How odd that Chief Constable Veale did not mention that. There is not a shred of evidence that Sir Edward was a paedophile, and I have written to the Prime Minister to ask her to initiate a Judge-led enquiry into the remaining allegations. Genuine allegations of abuse must be treated very seriously and fully investigated. But they are diminished by bogus cases such as Ted Heath’s.
Chief Constable Veale may have saved his skin for now over the £1.5 million, 20 officers’ investigation into Sir Edward. But there are a great many more questions to ask about his handling of Operation Conifer, most particularly about the way he seems to have allowed a presumption of guilt to hang over the head of this distinguished Elder Statesman. I thought that a presumption of innocence unless proved otherwise was one of the most basic of our rights? However, I support him for now because of his office – he is after all the Chief Constable.

Equally I have never been one of There

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cheerleaders but I thought that she handled the catastrophic conference speech with dignity and courage. What’s more, she is Prime Minister and deserves our support.

Stable law-abiding society depends on such things as respect for our institutions

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the army, government,  Prime Minister;  the rule of law and presumption of innocence. Especially in times of national turbulence we need certainty and stability amongst these institutions.

I return to Parliament determined to support Theresa May and to seek justice for the late Sir Ted Heath

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​I am sure that you will want to write to James with your thoughts/evidence and so forth.  I feel sure that many of you will be wanting to seek justice too…..He can be contacted via ​jamesgraymp@parliament.uk

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