Edward Heath | Allan Warren | 14280
Margaret Thatcher thought Edward Heath was gay, claims a new biography by Charles Moore. In an interview in 1974, before she challenged him for the leadership, Thatcher referred to Heath not having a family. Moore says it is “possible” she was deliberately hinting he was gay, in order to discredit him.
Speculation has always surrounded the private life of Mr Heath, who died in July 2005 aged 89. In 2007, Brian Coleman, the gay former Conservative London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, claimed Heath was warned by police to stop cruising for sex as part of a vetting process in 1955. That year he became a privy councillor and chief whip under Prime Minister Anthony Eden. However, Conservative MP Sir Peter Tapsell, who became an MP in 1959, dismissed the claims. “I knew him well and would be astonished if he was a practising homosexual,” Sir Peter told the Mirror in 2007.