Thursday, December 4, 2014

Was Jeremy Thorpe Part of a Cyril Smith Coverup?

A charismatic and well-connected MP, Jeremy Thorpe's political career was ended by a scandalous court case in which he was accused of being behind an attempt to murder a former gay lover.

Leader of the Liberals from 1967 to 1976, Jeremy Thorpe had steered his party to impressive parliamentary success.

In the February 1974 election the Liberals won 19.3 per cent of the vote. In negotiations to form a government, Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath proposed a coalition with the Liberals and offered Jeremy Thorpe the role of Home Secretary, but he declined fearing such a deal would split his party.

Just five years later, in 1979, Thorpe was on trial at the Old Bailey accused of conspiracy to murder.    (more...)

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