An investigation into the alleged involvement of the former leader of the Liberal Party in a plot to kill is to be reopened.
Avon and Somerset Police has passed the files from the original investigation about Jeremy Thorpe, former MP for North Devon, to colleagues in Wales.
The alleged hit man Dennis Meighan told The Mail on Sunday that he met representatives of Thorpe in 1975. He claims they wanted Norman Scott, said to have been the MP's gay lover, silenced.
However a few days later Mr Meighan says he backed out of the plot and told the police. But he alleges that all mentions of Jeremy Thorpe in his police statement were removed. He believes that someone in Whitehall covered up his claims. He was never called to give evidence at Mr Thorpe's trial along with three other men accused of attempting to murder Scott. All four men were acquitted at the high profile trial.First Lord Lucan and now this. Seeing the scandals of my teenage years being recycled makes me feel young again. Can John Stonehouse be far behind?
The odd thing about this is that Meighan's story was known at the time of the Thorpe trial. As I blogged in December 2014:
Here is Auberon Waugh writing in the Spectator on 5 June 1981. Among six questions that remain to be answered about the affair, he lists:
So it may be that the police are concerned about something else.Why Denis Meighan, the man who sold Newton his gun, was not allowed to mention Newton's offer of £1,000 to do the job - of murdering Scott - for him.
And I think I know what it is.
One of Thorpe's co-accused was a nightclub owner from South Wales by the name of George Deakin.
As I revealed earlier in 2014, he was the uncle of the guitarist in Black Lace.
You know: "Agadoo doo doo, push pineapple, shake the tree."
Lock them up, I say. Lock up the whole bloody family.