On Monday 21 January I went to New Scotland Yard (NSY) with the intention of providing evidence to Operation Elveden of Piers Morgan and Jeff Edwards’ receipt of information illegally from the police and their perjury before the Leveson Inquiry when they lied under oath.
I was unable to gain entry. Those on the entrance were insistent that I would have to make an appointment. (I cannot help but wonder what would have happened if I had turned up without an appointment to give, for example, evidence about a murder or terrorist plot: would it have been “Sorry sir, we can’t see you without an appointment”?) I rang from outside the NSY to try and arrange an immediate appointment only to be told by the Met’s central switchboard that no one was available to make the appointment. I left my details and a civilian worker phoned me later in the day and made an appointment for the local police to visit me at 11.00 am on 22 January. He gave me the case reference CAD 3124/2/Jan.
Two uniformed PCs turned up from Holborn police station (I gave them the details, but as they admitted themselves, the case was more than a little out of their normal range of work. (That was precisely why I had gone directly to the NSY rather than ringing to make an appointment. I knew if I tried to make an appointment I would in all probability be directed to my local police station. Some people may think it is a very curious thing that Operation Elveden does not have a direct phone line or public email address for those wishing to give information to use ). In the circumstances I could do no more than run through the details and pass on to the two PCs the following documents:
1.Piers Morgan’s Letter to the PCC date 16 October 1997 in which he admits receiving information from the police in circumstances which can only have been illegal. (https://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/piers-morgan-lied-to-the-leveson-inquiry/)
2. A copy of the Daily Mirror story about me dated 25 March 1997 which produced the complaint to the PCC which caused Morgan to write the letter in which he admitted receiving information from the police in circumstances which can only have been illegal. (https://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/the-failure-to-charge-piers-morgan-with-illicitly-receiving-information-from-the-police/)
3. Copies of the then director of Presswise Mike Jempson’s correspondence on my behalf with the PCC relating to the Mirror story dated 23 December 1997, 9 January 1998, 20 January 1998, 18 February 1998, 2 March 1998.
4. My evidence to the Leveson Inquiry of Morgan ’s perjury dated 23 December 2011 (https://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/referral-of-piers-morgans-perjury-to-the-leveson-inquiry/).
5. My evidence to the Leveson Inquiry of Edwards’ perjury dated 25 March 2012 (https://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/leveson-inquiry-jeff-edwards-and-another-prima-facie-case-of-perjury/).
6. My original submission to the Leveson Inquiry dated 25 November 2011 (https://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/the-leveson-inquiry-the-blairs-the-mirror-the-police-and-me/)
7. Sir Richard Body’s Early Day Motion 10th November 1999 which dealt with the general context of the events surrounding the Mirror story with the role of the Blairs at its heart. (https://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/when-tony-and-cherie-blair-tried-to-have-me-jailed/)
8. A copy of my Wisden Cricket Article Is it in the Blood? (from the July 1995 edition). It was my gross mistreatment by the mainstream British media after the publication of the article that led me ultimately to write to the Blairs asking for their assistance after all other available avenues of redress had failed me (http://englandcalling.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/is-it-in-the-blood-and-the-hypocrisy-of-the-media/).
9. A letter addressed to the new head of Operation Elveden Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Kavanagh dated 21 January 2013. A copy of this is below.
On the 23 January 2013 I received an email advising me that the information I had given had been forwarded to Operation Elveden and a message was left on my answerphone asking me to contact Operation Elveden on Friday 25 January.
That the two PCs found the matter somewhat daunting is unsurprising as it has a very heavy political loading because of the involvement Tony and Cherie Blair who had attempted to have me prosecuted during the first week of the 1997 General Election campaign under the Malicious Communications Act. So weak was this complaint that, despite the Blairs’ celebrity and Labour’s almost certain win in the election which would make Blair Prime Minister, the Crown Prosecution Service rejected the complaint with a firm NO CRIME on the same day it was submitted to them by the police for guidance.
I have restricted my complaints to Operation Elveden strictly to that which is within their remit. However, these examples of criminality and misbehaviour by those with power or influence are only a small part of the overall story of the Blair Scandal. My experience from 1997 to 2007 when Blair retired was of being in a Kafkaesque world in which, despite being subjected to harassment which ranged from death threats and an internet campaign which attempted incite violence against me to regular interference with my post, the police did not solve any of the crimes which I referred to them. This was scarcely surprising as they ignored the evidence I provided, no matter how strong it was. The most blatant example of this behaviour was the failure of Det Supt Jeff Curtis of Scotland Yard to question Piers Morgan and Jeff Edwards of the Mirror about receiving information illegally from the police even though they had the letter from Morgan admitting he had received information from the police. The Crown Prosecution Service and the Police Complaints Authority backed up the failure of the police to investigate meaningfully or sufficiently by refusing any complaints of police inactivity which I referred to them.
The complicity of the elite went far beyond crime. The mainstream media engaged in a conspiracy of silence after the publication of the Mirror story, neither allowing me a public voice nor even following up the Mirror story ; The PCC repeatedly failed me; my MP Frank Dobson refused to help in any way, as did institutions such as Liberty and the Index on Censorship. If I went to lawyers they would blanche as soon as they found the Blairs were involved and refused to act for me.
If I manage to get Operation Elveden to prosecute Blair and Edwards, it may be possible to bring the larger story to the mainstream media. Let us hope so because one thing I can vouch for from long personal experience is that where people with power and influence are involved the laws which govern us fall rapidly into abeyance.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Kavanagh
New Scotland Yard
8/10 The Broadway
London SW1H OBG
(Tel: 0207 230 1212)
21 January 2013
CC Gerald Howarth MP
Dear Mr Kavanagh,
I submit conclusive evidence that (1) the editor of a national newspaper received information from the police illicitly and (2) when questioned under oath at the Leveson Inquiry committed perjury by denying that he had ever received information illicitly from the police .
The editor in question is Piers Morgan when he edited the Daily Mirror. The evidence of his receipt of information is beautifully simple: he admitted this in a letter to the PCC dated 16 October 1997 in which he wrote “The police source of our article (whose identity we have a moral obligation to protect”. If the information had been given legitimately there would be no reason for protecting the source. Nor, because no charges were laid or investigation made, could there have been a legitimate reason for releasing the information. A copy of the letter is enclosed.
The letter was sent to me after I complained to the PCC about a dramatically libellous article Morgan published about me on 25 March 1997 (copy enclosed). The illicit information related to complaints made about me by Tony and Cherie Blair to Belgravia Police in March 1997. I had written to them seeking their help and, when they refused, I circulated copies of my letters and the replies I received to the mainstream media at the beginning of the 1997 election campaign. The Blairs did not go to the police when I sent the letters, only after I circulated them to the media. The complaints had so little substance that they were dismissed by the CPS with the ruling “NO CRIME” within a few hours of them being submitted to them for guidance by Belgravia Police.
The odds must be heavily on the Mirror having paid for the information because it is difficult to see what other motive a police officer would have for releasing such information. However, by accepting information illicitly from the police, whether or not money was paid, offences relating to Misconduct in a Public Office and the Official Secrets Act were committed, both by the police officer and Mirror employees including Morgan. If money was paid by the Mirror to the police officer, further offences arise under the laws relating to corruption.
The evidence of Morgan’s perjury before the Leveson Inquiry is contained in the copy of my submission to the Inquiry informing them of the perjury dated 22 December 2011 which I enclose.
I ask you to investigate both Morgan’s receipt of illicit information from the police and his perjury before Leveson.
In addition to Morgan’s perjury, the Mirror reporter who wrote the story about me, their then Chief Crime Reporter Jeff Edwards, also committed perjury before the Leveson Inquiry by denying ever receiving information illicitly from the police. The details are included in the copy of my submission to the Inquiry informing them of the perjury dated 25 March 2012 which I enclose .
As Edwards was the reporter who wrote the story to which Morgan referred in his letter to the PCC, he must have been the person to whom the police officer referred to in Morgan’s letter gave the illicit information. .
I ask you to investigate Edwards for his receipt of illicit information from the police and his perjury before Leveson.
The original police failure to meaningfully investigate my complaint
In 1997 I made a complaint about the illicit supply of information about me by the police to the Mirror. The case was handled by Detective Superintendent Jeff Curtis of Scotland Yard . No meaningful investigation was undertaken because, as Det Supt Curtis eventually admitted to me during a phone call, the “investigation” was ended without anyone at the Mirror being interviewed; not Morgan, Edwards or anyone else. I enclose my final letter to Det Supt Curtis dated 2 December 1999, Det Supt A Bamber’s reply to that letter 13 December 1999 and the PCA’s letter dated November 1999 refusing to investigate further. This again is self-evidently absurd because of the failure to question Morgan and Edwards.
I ask you to investigate Ian Curtis for perverting the course of justice by failing to investigate conclusive and incontrovertible evidence of a serious crime.