A businessman helping to fund the hunt for Madeleine McCann has accused Gordon Brown and David Miliband of ignoring her parents’ plight.
Stephen Winyard, who owns a Scottish health spa, said the “shutters had gone up” after Portuguese police named Gerry and Kate McCann as suspects. He said the only offer in response to a request for a ministerial meeting was to see a junior official. “Our request to meet with ministers – the prime minister, the home secretary and the foreign secretary – has still not been met,” said Winyard.
It emerged this weekend that the investigation into the four-year-old’s disappearance in May could be wound up by next month. Detectives admit they have no evidence that Madeleine is dead, but are thought to want to reinterview the McCanns.
Winyard, who is one of Scotland’s richest businessmen, offered a £1m reward for Madeleine’s safe return. He has since pledged £100,000 to help meet the McCanns’ legal costs.