Note:I have had some dealings with Norman Baker regarding both the Blairs’ attempts to prosecute me and its aftermath and the David Kelly death. Robert Henderson
Mr Norman Baker MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
9 October 2013
Dear Mr Baker,
Congratulations on your promotion to the Home Office.
I have a scandal which comes within your new remit. In January this year I supplied Operation Elveden with a letter sent by Piers Morgan to the PCC when he was editor of the Daily Mirror. A copy of that letter is attached in facsimile.
In the letter Morgan writes “The police source of our article (whose identity we have a moral obligation to protect”. That can only mean the information was given illegally. Moreover, the information which the Mirror received was of a nature which could not have been legally given to a newspaper. The information concerned me.
Operation Elveden refused to investigate – It took them around five months to tell me they were not going to act. During that time I made repeated requests to be interviewed and give a formal statement, but these requests were ignored.
I then wrote to the DPP asking him to intervene. I received no overt encouragement from him, but something may have happened behind the scenes because Elveden emailed me to say the matter had been referred to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards . That was nearly two months ago. The matter is being dealt with by the head of the Directorate, Det Chief Supt Alaric Bonthron. I have made several requests for him to meet me but he has simply ignored them.
As a subsidiary scandal, I give you this. I supplied to the Leveson Inquiry a copy of the Morgan letter along with a good deal of other material relating to press abuse . Leveson refused to allow me to be a core participant, refused to call me as a witness, failed to use the letter as evidence against Morgan when he was giving evidence under oath and was so desperate to write me out of the script that he excluded me from the list of people who had made submissions to the Inquiry.
I would greatly value a meeting with you to discuss this matter. I realise that you will be immensely busy as a minister , but this is a matter which falls absolutely within the Home Office remit. Moreover, it goes to the heart of our justice system because this is who shall guard the guards territory. The police are in effect perverting the course of justice by refusing to act on the clearest evidence of a serious crime having been committed.
There is a good deal of correspondence below this email, but please do not be daunted by that. I suggest that you concentrate for the moment on the Morgan letter and, if you are willing to meet me, I will run you through the story then.
Click on the tags Operation Elveden and Leveson Inquiry for the full story of those issues. Click on the category The Scandalous Blairs for that story.