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Abuse probe to scrutinise Heath claims

By Nina Massey

The national child sex abuse inquiry will consider police reports of the investigation into Sir Edward Heath.

The Wiltshire Police probe, called Operation Conifer, was launched in 2015 after the late Tory politician was named as a suspect in an investigation into historical child sex abuse.

The inquiry will scrutinise areas of public life ranging from local authorities to Westminster for child protection failings.

A spokesman said: "In the context of the Westminster investigation, the inquiry will be interested to see and consider the outcome of the police investigation into allegations against Sir Edward Heath.

"The inquiry's remit is institutional failure to protect children and the inquiry is unlikely to need to examine whether allegations of abuse made against any particular parliamentarian are true during the course of its work."

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