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Although Norman's would-be killer is caught, Jeremy continues to deny any involvement in the plot, but soon discovers that he cannot escape the past.
Whilst would-be killer Andrew Newton is caught, claiming that he was hired by persons unknown, Norman persists in his accusations that Jeremy employed him and has their love letters published, forcing Jeremy's resignation. Jeremy also loses his seat at the general election and is charged with conspiracy to murder. He is defended by the unconventional George Carman, who refuses to let him testify and fiercely attacks prosecution witness Peter Bessell and Norman himself. A summing up by a less than impartial judge also contributes to the jury's verdict though for the triumphant party it may be seen as a Pyrrhic victory.
Despite the authorities having captured Andrew Newton in shooting Norman's dog but he who was supposed to assassinate Norman as the end goal, Jeremy may still be the in clear in Andrew, as an assassin, despite not being the brightest bulb in the world, easily bought for his silence. Jeremy not being implicated in any way is also despite Norman not afraid to say with certainty to whoever will listen that he was the intended target, the attempt orchestrated by Jeremy to hide their past homosexual relationship. That attempt on his life also fundamentally changes the way he views Jeremy, who he still loved after all these years. Things for Jeremy change when conclusive evidence - long thought to be lost by all those in the know - tying him back to Norman in some sort of relationship, surfaces. As a result, Jeremy and David and beyond Andrew those were co-opted into the plot are charged with conspiracy to murder, with Jeremy facing an extra charge of incitement to murder, these revelations which effectively end this phase of his political career. The jury trial itself may end up being one that is held more in the court of public opinion, with both Jeremy and Norman having their supporters and detractors, Jeremy seen as establishment, and Norman as the disadvantaged. One's view of Norman includes his open homosexuality, which is treated much differently socially and legally than when they had their affair fifteen years ago.
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