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I didn't threaten to expose Heath, insists one-time brothel keeper

By Hayden Smith

A former brothel keeper at the centre of the Sir Edward Heath child sex storm has denied threatening to expose him.

Myra Ling-Ling Forde reportedly insisted she had no involvement with the former Prime Minister and "no knowledge of any misconduct on his part".

It has also emerged the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) will consider allegations against Sir Edward "should the facts justify it".

Forde broke her silence over claims she threatened to expose Sir Edward as a paedophile. She has been named in reports as the person alleged to have escaped prosecution in the early 1990s after saying she would link Sir Edward to child sex claims.

The claim is at the centre of a corruption inquiry launched this week by the police watchdog.

Forde's former solicitor Richard Griffiths said: "My firm acted for Myra Forde in relation to the case which the prosecution discontinued on the day of the trial and which has been the subject of a great deal of speculation.

"My former client wishes me to make it very clear that at no stage did she state that Ted Heath was a client and at no stage did she threaten to expose him as a client of hers if the prosecution was continued."

Forde (67), a Filipina, was later convicted on two separate occasions of offences related to running a brothel from a residential property in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the IICSA, led by Justice Lowell Goddard, said it was aware of the allegations against Sir Edward.

She said: "Should the facts justify it, the emerging allegations about the former Prime Minister will form part of the inquiry's investigations."

At least five police forces are investigating claims involving Sir Edward, who is the most high-profile figure linked to historical paedophile allegations.

Sir Edward, who led the Conservative Government between 1970 and 1974, died at home in Salisbury aged 89 in July 2005.

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