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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.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Fortescue was born on 28 August 1916 in Chingford, Essex, England.[2] He was educated at Uppingham School, an independent school in Uppingham, Rutland.[3] He then went up to King's College, Cambridge to study modern languages.[2]


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.[4] He retired from the Commons at the February 1974 general election at which the Labour candidate was elected.[5]

Revelations about paedophilia in the House of CommonsEdit

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:[6]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Roth, Andrew (1 October 2008). "Tim Fortescue". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Tim Fortescue". The Daily Telegraph. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Political Science Resources: links to UK and US politics".
  5. ^ "Tim Fortescue". 29 September 2008 – via
  6. ^ "Ex-senior judge Butler-Sloss to head child sex abuse inquiry". BBC News. BBC. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Bingham
Member of Parliament for Liverpool Garston
1966February 1974
Succeeded by
Edward Loyden