SPY NO MORE

A half-century ago, MI5’s Operation Foot resulted in the mass expulsion of KGB-linked Soviets back to their homeland. Michael E Haskew outlines what happened.

CENTRAL LONDON AND WESTMINSTER WERE AREAS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO THE KGB. (SHUTTERSTOCK)

The headline story in the Observer newspaper on May 17, 1970, crowed: “Most people are reasonably well off and do not want any dramatic changes”. The polls for the pending general election, which took place on June 18 that year, strongly indicated another victory for Prime Minister Harold Wilson and the Labour Party. But the Conservatives shocked the UK with a victory that swept Edward Heath into power.

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