Trevor Victor Norman Fortescue, CBE (28 August 1916 – 29 September 2008), known as Tim Fortescue, was a British politician. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool Garston from 1966 to 1974.
Fortescue was born on 28 August 1916 in Chingford, Essex, England. He was educated at Uppingham School, an independent school in Uppingham, Rutland. He then went up to King's College, Cambridge to study modern languages.
Fortescue was first elected to Parliament in the 1966 general election. He was re-elected to the 1970 general election and, having been appointed by Edward Heath as an assistant whip under Francis Pym, served as a senior whip, Lord Commissioner of the Treasury from 1971 until he resigned in September 1973. He retired from the Commons at the February 1974 general election at which the Labour candidate was elected.
Revelations about paedophilia in the House of Commons
Fortescue worked as a whip in Edward Heath’s government between 1970 and 1973. In a 1995 BBC documentary, Westminster’s Secret Service, he said the following about what the Whips would do for MPs who were in danger of being mired in scandal:
|“||For anyone with any sense, who was in trouble, would come to the whips and tell them the truth, and say now, I’m in a jam, can you help? It might be debt, it might be… a scandal involving small boys, or any kind of scandal in which, erm er, a member seemed likely to be mixed up in, they’d come and ask if we could help and if we could, we did. And we would do everything we can because we would store up brownie points… and if I mean, that sounds a pretty, pretty nasty reason, but it’s one of the reasons because if we could get a chap out of trouble then, he will do as we ask forever more.||”|
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Roth, Andrew (1 October 2008). "Tim Fortescue". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "Tim Fortescue". The Daily Telegraph. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "Ex-senior judge Butler-Sloss to head child sex abuse inquiry". BBC News. BBC. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Tim Fortescue
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1966 – February 1974
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