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MP Continues Fight for Wronged Former PC

October 24, 2008 7:38 PM
Gordon Warren (left) with Tom Brake

ex-PC Gordon Warren's case against the Met dates back to 1982

Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, is continuing to fight the case for wrongly-dismissed former Metropolitan Police Officer Gordon Warren.

In Parliament on Tuesday, Tom Brake addressed the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Mr. Alan Campbell MP, the second time Tom has brought up Mr. Warren's case in Parliament, demanding to know why the Met has not rectified an enormously embarrassing and disgraceful chapter in their history.

The Minister responded that he bore no responsibility and that it was a matter for the Met. Tom has already taken up Mr Warren's case with London's Mayor, Boris Johnson who is the Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority and is awaiting a reply.

'The tragedy of Gordon Warren's story lies not only in the fact that a grave injustice was done to him and it was committed by those who are supposed to uphold the law, but also in the fact that those responsible took so long to accept, very grudgingly, responsibility and then offered a conditional settlement they knew Mr Warren would find impossible to accept.' Tom commented.

Gordon Warren lost his job sometime in the 1980s (the Met could not even confirm when exactly they terminated his employment, offering seven different possible dates on documents supplied to Mr Warren) over an incident back in 1982 when he refused to spend the night with other officers drinking and watching blue movies when he was supposed to be on patrol.

Police attempts to have Mr. Warren thrown off the force on the grounds of mental instability were defeated when the High Court ruled that action was unlawful.

In 1994, the Met apologised for Mr Warren's treatment and offered him an £85,000 settlement, which Mr. Warren rejected on the grounds that it did not cover his £30,000 legal fees, pension, and salary, to say nothing of his 12 years of struggle, unable to find work after being labelled mentally ill by the police.

The Met repeated this offer in 2004, but it was again rejected by Mr Warren because the police put conditions on the settlement.

Mr. Warren, now 73, has never given up hope and continues to fight for compensation.

Tom has been staunchly supporting Mr Warren ever since he was first elected in 1997.

The full debate can be read on

http://pubs1.tso.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm081021/halltext/81021h0008.htm#08102130000002