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Party leaders at Thorpe funeral

The funeral of controversial former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe will be held today.

Mr Thorpe, who died earlier this month aged 85, headed the party in the 1960s and 1970s. He had a glittering political career, helping to revive the Liberals in the 1970s, but was brought down by the sensational court case in which he was accused of conspiracy and incitement to murder former male model Norman Scott.

Mr Scott claimed they had a homosexual relationship, which Mr Thorpe consistently and vigorously denied. There was intense interest in the Old Bailey trial, which lasted 31 days, with the jury taking 52 hours to acquit all the accused of all charges.

Mr Thorpe subsequently withdrew from public life as his health failed. He suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than three decades.

Current Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, along with predecessors Lord Steel, Lord Ashdown, Charles Kennedy and Sir Menzies Campbell are expected to attend the private service at St Margaret's Church in Westminster.

The politician's son Rupert and Sir Nick Harvey, who inherited Mr Thorpe's North Devon Commons seat, will also be there.


From Belfast Telegraph