Saturday, April 14, 2007

Norman Baker's presentation:

Norman Baker's presentation 'The Strange Death of Dr David Kelly' in Lewes, 11th April 2007, was extraordinarily successful. The All Saints Centre in Lewes was full, the atmosphere was electric, and Norman gave an excellent lecture - clear, unsensationalised and pragmatic, sticking resolutely to facts and making a virtually unarguable case that the WMD "45 minutes"dossier was bogus and that the death of weapons inspector David Kelly could not have been due to suicide.

The audience were understandably left to draw their own conclusions as to who was responsible for the implied murder, buteveryone got the point. Considering the gravity of the subject matter, Norman gave a surprisingly upbeat, but appropriately sensitive presentation that resulted in a standing ovation and nearly two minutes of solid applause.

For those who were unable to come, but would like to hear Norman's lecture, an audio recording of it has now been uploaded as a podcast.

This can befound at:

Changing Times

Personal Note:

In my view it is important to reach no conclusions at this stage on whether Dr Kelly's death was murder or suicide. The correct place to make that assessment is in a court of law, where the full weight of evidence can be made available.

Rowena Thursby

Friday, April 13, 2007

Murder theory that just won't go away

The greatest British conspiracy theory of the modern age was unveiled this week. Lewes MP Norman Baker set out in detail for the first time why he believes the secret service murdered the Government scientist Dr David Kelly. MILES GODFREY and KATYA MIRA report on a one-man crusade for the truth which has catapulted an unassuming Parliamentarian into the international spotlight.

It was the start of 2006 and the time was right to bring down the British Government. In March last year Norman Baker, serial thorn in the side of the establishment and by his own admission "not the Prime Minister's favourite person", resigned his role as a frontbench MP for the Liberal Democrats.


It was a typically low-key announcement, timed to coincide with the anointment of the party's new leader Sir Menzies Campbell.

The time had come, the MP said, for a new man to take over.

But to those who knew Norman Baker, the decision to resign was made for another reason. It would allow him more time to do what he does best: investigate, challenge, push, probe - specifically into the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly. He was about to embark on an amazing investigation into the murky world of secret service agents, national security and the death of the man who very nearly halted the start of the war in Iraq.

If he could prove conclusively that members of the Government had conspired to get rid of Dr Kelly, it would have been - and still could be - the biggest single scandal this country has ever known.

The official report into the death of Dr David Kelly concluded he committed suicide after a row between the BBC and the Government over the "sexed up" dossier on Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction thrust the normally private scientist into the glare of the limelight.

But Mr Baker didn't believe a word of it. He said at the time: "The public out there can smell a rat and they don't think it's finished business either."

The scientist's death was, the MP said, just too convenient, too riddled with inconsistencies and so unlike a man like Dr Kelly.

His year-long investigation culminated on Wednesday night at a meeting at which he proclaimed Dr Kelly had been murdered and set out his evidence.

Mr Baker told a packed community hall in Lewes: "I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that this could not be suicide.

"The medical evidence does not support it and David Kelly's state of mind and personality suggests otherwise.

It was not an accident so I am left with the conclusion that it is murder."

He told of how the world's leading WMD expert had spent the morning before his death sending "upbeat emails" and even booking himself a flight to Iraq from his rural home in Southmoor, near Oxford.

Mr Baker questioned the cause of death - a haemorrhage caused by cuts to the ulnar artery in the wrist.

He said such wounds were "matchstick thick" and hidden, difficult to get to, as well as rarely leading to death.

The knife said to have been used was a gardening pruner Dr Kelly had kept since childhood - an unlikely and blunt choice.

Paramedics have said he had lost little blood and was "incredibly unlikely" to have died from the wound they saw.

Police said 29 tablets of the painkiller Co-proxamol were missing from his home but all that was found in Dr Kelly's stomach was the equivalent of one fifth of a tablet.

The MP told The Argus: "It has taken more than a year to investigate and it has been an incredible and fascinating journey which has taken a large number of twists and turns.

"I have met experts on weapons of mass destruction in Brussels and uncovered more evidence about the lies the Government told about weapons of mass destruction before the war."

Along the way Mr Baker has had personal run-ins with high-profile Government figures, not least Tony Blair.

He said: "I wouldn't say it has been easy, certainly the Foreign Office has done a lot to put obstacles in my way and other people have too. It has been hard work but at the same time it has been extremely worthwhile."

He has also been hugely encouraged by the public, who he claims can see Dr Kelly's death for what he says it was. Mr Baker said: "There is a world in Westminster and the rest of the world and I think most people in the public world can see that Dr Kelly was murdered.

"He was the world's foremost expert on weapons of mass destruction who could single-handedly destroy the Government's case for war so it was no wonder he was killed.
"It may have also been intended as a message to other people out there who speak to the press when the Government doesn't want you to.

"I was appalled at his death and at the Hutton Inquiry into it. It was a procedural disaster from start to finish and I felt compelled to look into it."

Mr Baker has signed a book deal to explain in greater detail his findings on Dr Kelly's death and he expects to publish it later this year.

But the MP insists he will continue to investigate.

He has nagging doubts about the official line taken over the recent Navy hostages taken in Iran and over the death of Robin Cook, the MP who resigned in protest at the Iraq war.
He said: "Robin Cook was on Ministry of Defence land, I believe, when he died and certainly I have doubts over what happened."

There are those, of course, who doubt Norman Baker's theories.

But for every person out there who does there are an equal number for whom the MP has become a beacon of truth in an increasingly murky world.

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Friday, April 06, 2007


Many thanks to all the people who wrote to me after watching the BBCs's documentary on Dr Kelly on 25 February. The programme-makers were faced with a difficult task, as they were refused interviews by politicians, police, the official forensics team, Dr Kelly's friends and family. Despite this massive stone-wall, the programme was slickly-presented, and succeeded in highlighting at least some of the discrepancies in the official story.

I regret that due to illness, I have been unable to answer all your e-mails, but rest assured all points have been noted. It is heartening to know that many people still care. Dr Kelly was a gem of a human-being - one of those rare people who use their talents for the common good. However, far from being honoured for it, his life was effectively trashed. It was painful to watch, and this is what drives many of us to search for answers. -- RT

Monday, April 02, 2007

NORMAN BAKER: "The Strange Death of Dr Kelly"

Talk at 7.45 pm on Wednesday 11th April
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex

Next week, on April 11th, Norman Baker MP will be presenting his lecture 'The Strange Death of Dr David Kelly' for Changing Times, challenging the official story surrounding the alleged suicide of the UN weapons inspector in 2003.

ANDY THOMAS, Changing Times

A presentation by NORMAN BAKER MP

Wednesday 11 April 2007, All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, 7.45pm

What really happened to the UK's leading weapons inspector in the wake oft he Iraqi WMD scandal? Was it suicide or something more sinister? Norman Baker MP, described recently by the Daily Mail as 'the greatest man in politics', shares the revealing findings of his own ongoing investigation,and exposes the anomalies and cover-ups of the David Kelly affair. Admission £5. Tickets are ONLY available at the door (no pre-booking).

P R E S S R E L E A S E :


Norman Baker MP, who resigned from the front bench of the Liberal Democrats to research the mysterious death of UN weapons inspector David Kelly, is presenting the latest results of his investigations at the Lewes All Saints Centre on April 11th 2007. The death of David Kelly at the height of the "weapons of mass destruction" debacle in 2003 was highly controversial. After casting doubt on the Blair government's claims about WMDs in Iraq, Kelly was vilified as a "Walter Mitty" character - and then shockingly found dead in woods near his home.

The official verdict was suicide, but Lewes MP Norman Baker believes the evidence refutes this. Baker, recently described by the Daily Mail as 'the greatest man in politics,' holds that the circumstances surrounding Kelly's death make suicide the least likely explanation, and murder a more probable solution.His investigations have raised national awareness of the uncomfortable discrepancies in the official story.

Writing in the Mail, Baker says: 'I challenge the [suicide] conclusion. I do so on the basis that the medical evidence available simply cannot support it, that Dr Kelly's own behaviour and character argues strongly against it, and that there were grave shortcomings in the way that the legal and investigative processes set up to consider his death were followed.'

Now Norman Baker will be unveiling his latest research into the David Kelly affair in a public presentation for the Lewes-based Changing Times organisation, which has recently held packed lectures on a number of important topics, including alternative views on 9/11. The event will take place on 11th April 2007 at the All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, at 7.45pm.

Details can be found at Tickets are £5 and available only on the door. Andy Thomas of Changing Times says: 'Norman Baker's investigations into David Kelly's death reveal vital and disturbing issues that everyone should be aware of.'