The careful management and incremental release of information. What they won’t tell you was that he was also an abuser of children and a practising Satanist.
Sir Edward Heath became the first former Prime Minister to be outed as gay.
The bachelor, who died two years ago at the age of 89, would go ‘cottaging’ for gay sex in the 1950s before he was told it could harm his political career, a leading Tory claimed.
Brian Coleman, a Conservative member of the London Assembly, also suggested that gay men run the Tory party in the capital.
Writing in an Internet edition of political magazine New Statesman, Mr Coleman said: ‘Ted Heath managed to obtain the highest office of state after he was supposedly advised to cease his cottaging activities in the 1950s, when he became a Privy Councillor.’
Sir Edward, who led Britain from 1970 until 1974, was described during his life as a ‘confirmed bachelor’ and never commented on his sexuality.
A book written by a gay friend of Sir Edward’s in 2005 first raised speculation about the former PM’s love life.
It claimed Sir Edward decided as a young man to sacrifice his sex life in order to become Prime Minister.
Mr Heath was one of just 17 Tory MPs who voted for lowering the age of consent for gay sex to 16 in 1998.
Peter Tatchell, of gay rights group OutRage!, said: ‘It’s a long-standing open secret. It is amazing his sexuality wasn’t the subject of tabloid revelations during his lifetime”.