Justice for Daniel?

I remember the headlines from 21 years ago; a private investigator found dead in a pub car park, an axe in his head, murky stories of drugs, hitmen and corrupt police. It sounded more like something from a thriller than the evening news. The awful death, and the mystery since, were all most people knew of Daniel Morgan. Yet he was also a much-loved son, brother and father. And Daniel’s family have never given up on getting his killers caught.

To quote Met Assistant Commissioner John Yates, “The one consistent theme throughout has been the astonishing determination of the Morgan family to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”

Daniel’s brother, Alastair Morgan, is an Islington resident. As part of his campaign, Alastair contacted me in the run-up to the 2005 General Election; he wanted to know that I would take up the case if elected, as indeed I would have been happy to do.

The Lib Dem MP Roger Williams, who represents Daniel’s mother, raised the case in Parliament; he tabled an EDM and sponsored a debate, in which the former Islington South & Finsbury MP Chris Smith also took part.

After four failed police investigations, they demanded an independent judicial inquiry to try and resolve the case. All the Home Office could offer was tea and sympathy.

Now, a fifth investigation has finally led to some arrests. Let’s hope it also leads to justice for Daniel, and vindication for his family.


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