Harold Wilson’s pipe smoking was an affectation. In private he smoked cigars

There has been a lot of controversy over the BBC’s decision to censor Harold Wilson’s pipe smoking. In a letter to the Telegraph, Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman reveals another controversial dimension to the “Pipe-Gate” scandal... Harold Wilson’s pipe smoking was an affectation. In private he smoked cigars. Mr Freeman said of Wilson’s pipe smoking:
“I know this because my first flat in Pimlico once belonged to Lord Wigg, who used to plot there with Wilson and Callaghan. The man I bought it from told me that the living room used to be stacked with Hansards and ashtrays which Wigg had explained were for Wilson’s cigars.”

For the full letter to The Telegraph, please click here.