When he was accused of murder seven years ago, former Tory MP Harvey Proctor resigned as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland.
With the claim proved to be false and his accuser, the fantasist Carl Beech, now serving 18 years in prison for perverting the course of justice and other offences, Proctor has won his job back at the age of 75.
‘After six years, my secretary has decided to leave the post, so I thought, ‘Who better than Harvey?’,’ the Duke tells me from Belvoir Castle, his ancestral home in Leicestershire. ‘He knows the castle, he knows the security arrangements and he still knows some of the people here.’
The Duke, David Manners, adds: ‘At the time he resigned, I never thought for a minute the allegations were true. I’m delighted he’s agreed to return to his job.’+6View gallery
After being accused of murder, ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor (pictured) resigned as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland. Now 75, with the claim disproved, he’s got his job back.
The Duke of Rutland told the Daily Mail: ‘ I never thought for a minute the allegations were true’
When he quit his £40,500-a-year post, Proctor lost his home on the estate, but he was allowed to move back in after the Duke’s daughter Lady Alice Manners and her boyfriend, Otis Ferry, moved out in 2020.Carl Beech
Carl Beech was jailed for 18 years after making false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against high-profile individuals’I’m back in my old house, which is a beautiful house in the Vale of Belvoir,’ Proctor says. ‘I don’t honestly think I have a feeling or a need of vindication. Others have proved what happened in 2015 was just a nonsense and I’ve managed to live through it and come out the other side.’
Speaking to Iain Dale on his LBC podcast All Talk, he adds: ‘I thought there wasn’t a future and now I feel confident and relaxed and ready for what anyone wants to bring to me.’
Beech’s lies included claims that an establishment paedophile ring was responsible for three murders.
Proctor has called on the Met Police commissioner to give him transparency ‘before I die’. He said it was ‘something denied’ to the late Lord (Leon) Brittan, Field Marshal Lord Bramall, Sir Edward Heath and others who were also investigated.
Richard Eden, Daily Mail