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Stephen Milligan MP: Accident or murder & the unanswered questions

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Stephen Milligan MP: Accident or murder & the unanswered questions

Post by Get'emGonçalo on 11.07.10 19:54

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This page continues to generate interest long after the event, which took place in 1994. I would be interested in your comments regarding the account itself and also your reason for visiting this page. You can add your comment after reading by following the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] at the foot of the text.


“Autoasphyxiation Tory? That'd be Stephen Milligan, who died in what would appear to be the most embarrassing way ever (wearing stockings and suspenders with a bin bag over his head, an electric flex round his neck and an orange in his mouth). Strange, even for a Tory MP...” [[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]]
Lies, subterfuge and deceit riddle our global society through every aspect of living, with personal gain at the root, be it political, business or of an individual nature.
History bears witness to such deceit, from Watergate to the blatant lies covering the realties surrounding the cause of the crash of the Russian supersonic “Concordski” at the Paris Air show on its inaugural public display.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Stephen Milligan, a former MP for Eastleigh in Hampshire, England and at the time a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Arms Minister Jonathan Aitken, died in early 1994. Curiously, the reported date of his death varies. His semi-nude body, wearing only items of women's underwear and stockings, was reportedly found draped across a kitchen table at his London residence by his house cleaner, Vera Taggart. He was an infrequent resident at his London accommodation, staying more at his Hampshire home in Boyatt Wood. His London cleaner said after finding the body that she had not expected him to be at the premises.
Yet was his death an accident, or was it murder most foul, engineered in such a way as to besmirch the name of the victim from the onset and make it look like a bizarre sex ritual had resulted in death? It has been reported elsewhere in reports on the inquest that “murder was ruled out”. Haven’t we somehow heard that line before ... ?
According to information released through government sources at the time, a piece of chord was tied to his neck from his ankles and a small segment of satsuma orange was found in his mouth.
The signs all pointed to a classic example of death by AEU - auto-erotic asphyxiation. An inquest into his death, which I attended as reporter for the local newspaper some months later, was somewhat inconclusive and returned a verdict of death by misadventure, though the circumstances may also have well warranted an open verdict. The inquest heard from the pathologist’s post mortem report that no traces of drugs had been found in the body.
I was the last journalist known to have spoken in depth with Stephen Milligan the former MP for Eastleigh in Hampshire, England, in relation to his private life and aspirations, shortly before his death and the resulting internationally publicised bizarre sex scandal immediately associated with it.
I knew the MP from a professional acquaintance perspective as a news man, from prior to his election and afterwards. I was chief reporter for the newspaper covering his constituency. He was then engaged to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], at the time a political correspondent with the Sunday Telegraph and now a Tory MP at Bromsgrove in the Midlands. His brother was a respected clergyman. I taped a 20-minute telephone conversation between Mr Milligan and myself, recorded just before his death in connection with an editorial page outlining the New Year’s resolutions of local dignitaries in the patches I was reporting within.
Eastleigh was his first political placement. He entered politics for the first time in his life the very year he won the Eastleigh seat. He had previously worked as the financial/business editor with the New York Economist and for the BBC and was a respected journalist in the world of journalism at least.
In a relatively short time following his election success Stephen Milligan rose from being a newcomer in the Conservative Party to holding a post as Private Secretary to the Conservative government’s Arms Minister of the time. Milligan was tipped to rise through the political hierarchy with some pundits tipping him as future Prime Minister quality, then Jonathan Aitken..
Eastleigh is a town that grew up with the railway industry and developed to become one of the largest rail manufacturing plants in Britain. Though the main manufacturing branch of the rail industry later moved elsewhere, Eastleigh retained one of British Rail’s largest maintenance depots, with several thousand workers employed at the site.
In the months leading up to his death Mr Milligan became embroiled in a conflict over his Government’s policy on rail privatisation. He was known to be his own man and, furthermore, one to speak his mind.
When the Tory Government announced its intention to privatise British Rail, including the industry’s manufacturing and maintenance divisions, Mr Milligan was appointed as a parliamentary adviser to the Government appointed privatisation steering party. Several had been established, including one to examine and oversee the privatisation of the rail maintenance division, BRML.
Milligan met regularly with management, union and worker groups from the maintenance depot at Eastleigh. Union representatives and workers feared extensive job losses in the town through privatisation of the industry and were also greatly concerned that it would lead to a local economic backlash. I attended most of these meetings in my capacity as local hack.
Following what was to prove Mr Milligan’s final meeting with railway workers and a tour of the Eastleigh maintenance depot, it became clear to me that he was moved by the arguments of the workers and was in something of a quandary over the issues. But there was another bogey lurking in the woodpile. The MP had become aware of internal plans to prevent footballer Justin Fashanu going public with claims that he had been involved in gay sexual activity with two senior cabinet members.
I would speak regularly with Mr Milligan on other political issues and other ongoing aspects of his life. His home was in Chandlers Ford, a part of Eastleigh and close to where I also lived at the time in Allbrook Hill.
These were some of the matters in Mr Milligan’s life prior to his death. His semi-nude body was discovered in his London apartment by his housekeeper, who stated she had not expected him to be at the apartment over the New Year period. My newspaper retained a respected parliamentary correspondent in London and within minutes of the new flash announcing the MPs death, our correspondent was on his way to the scene, filing his reports directly to me to be incorporated in our news item.
Official sources said he was wearing only items of women’s underwear and had a chord (some reports state electrical flex) tied from around his neck to his ankles. A piece of satsuma orange was said to have been found in his mouth, fueling speculation backed by Government press releases inferring the MP had been engaged in the bizarre solitary sexual escapade (AEA) during which he used amyl nitrate poppers to heighten sexual release.
The satsuma orange would have been used, it was said, to kill the bitter taste of the amyl nitrate fumes. However, no actual traces of any amyl nitrate caps were ever reported as found at the scene. Despite being a central plank to the official government-released statements on the circumstances of the MPs death, and the resuling innuendo, no evidence to back up the allegations of amyl nitrate was ever produced and the matter received but minor attention during the inquest.
Statements released to the media via the House of Commons press office did not dispute such manner of death and had the effect of indelibly smearing and blemishing the MP’s previous good standing. The inquest resulted in a verdict of death by misadventure. No one came forward to lay claim to supplying Mr Milligan with amyl nitrate, nor was this possibility openly explored.
Some days prior to his death I telephoned Mr Milligan in connection with a story relating to his meeting with railway maintenance depot workers for an Eastleigh newspaper Eastleigh. I had regular contact with the politician prior to his election campaign and during his term of office.
During a New Year resolutions page phone chat I had with the politician I taped the conversation, which he did not object to. It lasted some 20 minutes. He surprised me by speaking in very personal terms about his social and personal life in addition to his political life. He said he felt he had neglected his close friends because of his political commitments and was determined to put that right. He also complained of loneliness and that as a man in his early 40s felt it time that he settled into a steady relationship and raised a family.
Shortly before his death I received a second telephone call from him, routed to my mobile phone during which he asked that I refrain from publishing the more personal details of which he had earlier spoken. He was embarrassed by his comments, he said, and felt he had gone a little far. I acceded - it simplified matters for my editorial, although I resolved to come back to the issues at a later time but did not discuss this with him at the time. Amazingly I subsequently forgot about the tape until the second day following his death, when I then released a full transcript to the media. My information was the only independent contact information to emerge other than that being supplied by official sources. It also produced quite a differing impression of the man.
Anomalies exist between the circumstances of his death and the facts of his life leading up to it. It was generally accepted that he had died of self-abuse. Any questioning of this was immediately tinged with the sordid details that had already made news on an international scale.
Yet questions remain unanswered. Why was no attempt made to locate any supplier of amyl nitrate? None was actually found at the scene of the death. Its factual existence was purely surmise and speculation and was what the public was told.
Was Milligan murdered in connection with his role as PPS to the Arms Minister? He was known as a man who would not be quieted or made to follow a political line that might have fallen outside of his personal beliefs. Did he overhear something in closed circles, or did he speak out about something he knew in similar closed circles?
Who knows? One thing is certain—someone, somewhere, does. It must be remembered that Mr Milligan had many years of journalistic integrity behind him and was certainly no man's fool. However, he may have well proved to be his own enemy in a world of political subterfuge and dirty shenanigans.
" ... the phenomenon of auto-erotic asphyxiation, or "scarfing", was not widely known outside police and medical circles until the body of Stephen Milligan MP was found in February 1994. He had died as the result of auto-erotic asphyxiation."
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reprinted from The Age - Melbourne Online)

STEPHEN MILLIGAN, was a Tory MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the notorious arms dealer Jonathan Aitken, then a minister in the Tory government. On 7th February 1994, he was reported to have been found tied to a chair with a plastic bag over his head and a satsuma stuffed into his mouth. The usual embarrassment surrounding these cases seem to have prevented the press from carrying out an in-depth investigation into various discrepancies in the case. Aitken, was known to have an particular interest in Sado-Masochistic sex - Milligan wasn't. He was engaged at the time to a women who is now a Tory MP. More relevant perhaps is Aitken's well-documented links to intelligence agencies and his role in shadowy arms deals that were conducted in the Ritz hotel in Paris in 1993.
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Stephen Milligan, was a Tory MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the notorious arms dealer Jonathan Aitken, then a minister in the Tory government. On 7th February 1994, he was reported to have been found tied to a chair with a plastic bag over his head and a satsuma stuffed into his mouth. The usual embarrassment surrounding these cases seem to have prevented the press from carrying out an in-depth investigation into various discrepancies in the case. Aitken, was known to have an particular interest in Sado-Masochistic sex - Milligan wasn't. He was engaged at the time to a women who is now a Tory MP. More relevant perhaps is Aitken's well-documented links to intelligence agencies and his role in shadowy arms deals that were conducted in the Ritz hotel in Paris in 1993.

James Rusbridger, who died the same month as Stephen Milligan, was an ex-MI6 agent and respected investigative journalist specialising in intelligence matters. He was found hanging from a beam in his loft wearing a diving suit at his house in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall in February 1994. When his body was discovered, he was dressed in a green protective suit for use in nuclear, biological or chemical warfare, green overalls, a black plastic mackintosh and thick rubber gloves. His face was covered by a gas mask and he was also wearing a sou'wester. His body was suspended from two ropes, attached to shackles fastened to a piece of wood across the open loft hatch, and was surrounded by pictures of men and mainly black women in bondage. Consultant pathologist Dr Yasai Sivathondan said he died from asphyxia due to hanging "in keeping with a form of sexual strangulation".
It was reported shortly before his death that he had started work on a controversial book about the Royal Family. The text of the book has never been released, and there were various discrepancies and strange events connected to his death that were reported at the time but have never been fully explained - such as journalists being followed to his house by unmarked cars. He was infamous for writing letters to newspapers which poured scorn on the Official Secrets Act; his books, such as The Intelligence Game, cast doubt on the official version of events. Just before his death, he unearthed Britain's code-cracking secrets, in particular the story that the British had cracked Japanese naval codes in advance of the attack on Pearl Harbour.
After his death, Sunday Times reporter James Adams quoted senior intelligence officials as saying Rusbridger never had any connection with any branch of British intelligence: "His death was as much a fantasy as his life", said one source . . . "Rusbridger's interest in intelligence seems to have coincided with his conviction for theft in 1977".
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