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Norris McWhirter CBE

Co-founder of the Guinness Book of World Records Norris McWhirter CBE

Writer and broadcaster Norris McWhirter is best known internationally as the co-founder, in 1954, with his late twin brother Ross, of The Guinness Book of World Records - itself the record holder of the world's best-selling copyright book.
    Though unassuming, Norris is a passionate defender of freedom and democracy.  In July 1975 Norris and Ross founded The Freedom Association to defend six principles of free society, namely: free market economy; individual freedom; limited government; national parliamentary democracy; personal and family responsibly; and rule of law.  Their first campaign was to raise £50,000 for information leading to the arrest of the IRA bombers whose outrages had killed 54 Londoners.  A few weeks later in Nov. 1975 Ross was murdered by IRA assassins. 
    In 1998, appalled that a newspaper's influence could result in an MP being unseated on the evidence-free word of a documented liar, Norris co-founded a fighting fund to enable Neil Hamilton to sue Mohamed 'Al' Fayed for libel.

Norris McWhirter CBE

After digesting Hunt's book Trial by Conspiracy Norris became one of Hunt's most staunch supporters.  In addition to reviewing the book for Freedom Today (see Section Seven), Norris also advised Hunt over his High Court action concerning Granada Television's censorship of his investigation (see www.coverup.net).

Louis Theroux

Television documentary maker Louis Theroux

Son of the American travel writer Paul Theroux, Louis is a TV programme maker specialising in off-beat fly-on-the-wall documentaries, profiling the more unusual personalities among the rich and famous. 
    By early 2001, after having fought to prove his innocence against six years of Guardian-orchestrated media condemnation, Neil and Christine Hamilton had become Britain's most notorious couple.  Believing that they would make ideal subjects for his mocking style, Louis approached them, and they riskily agreed to be his next victims.
    When filming started Louis questioned Neil about the 'cash for questions' affair.  Neil responded by giving him a copy of Trial by Conspiracy (see Section Seven for reviews) and by directing him to this website.  Neil and Christine claim that in the days that followed his attitude towards them warmed markedly.  They say that they have no doubt that Louis, who won a first from Oxford, was convinced by what he read.

Louis Theroux

During the filming, pandemonium erupted when the London Police, egged on by Mohamed Fayed's publicist, arrested the Hamiltons on false rape charges (see "Mohamed 'Al' Fayed's suborning of London's Metropolitan Police" on the Index page of Section Six).  A day or so later Neil phoned Jonathan Boyd Hunt to ask him to return a banner bearing the legend www.Neil-Hamilton-is-innocent.com (which is another front door to this website) to parade in front of the massed media camped outside.  Under the gaze of Theroux's camera, Hunt delivered the banner, whereupon Theroux probed him about his investigation.  After a few exchanges Hunt departed for a medical appointment required for a temporary lorry driving job at Manchester Airport.
    In the event Christine objected to Neil's idea of waving the banner around in front of the media scrum.  However, Theroux joined the discussion about the banner, filmed it being unfurled, and afforded the whole issue a high prominence in the final edit.  As a result Guardianlies.com had 20,000 visits over the following two days.  Hunt also received around 200 supportive e-mails through the link on the index page of Section One. [To download these messages of support, which have been compiled into one document in Rich Text Format, CLICK HERE
.  To read The Guardian's vicious review of the programme by David Hencke -- including snide remarks about Hunt's reduced circumstances and an unconvincing explanation as to why The Guardian doesn't sue Hunt for libel over this website (but no mention of its address) -- CLICK HERE.]

Baroness Turner of Camden

Labour Peeress and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness Turner of Camden

A lifelong trade unionist and now Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, Labour Peeress Muriel Turner was a board member of Ian Greer Associates when The Guardian falsely accused Ian Greer of bribing MPs. As a result she was forced to resign 'in disgrace' as Labour's employment spokesman in the Lords. She is a staunch defender of Greer and supports Neil Hamilton since reading Hunt & Keith-Hill's report. On 14 January 1998, during a Lords debate on the Press, she said of the two freelances: "They have been working on an extremely detailed and comprehensive account which casts doubt on much of the so-called evidence and particularly calls into question the role of The Guardian newspaper into the affair; and I have a copy of the report here.  It demonstrates conclusively that there are still investigative journalists who have the courage, occasionally, to challenge received opinion.  I do not believe that we have heard the last of the matter."

Baroness Muriel Turner

    Despite a serious knee injury, in October 1998 she attended the launch of Hunt's book Trial by Conspiracy in the Palace of Westminster (above, right), at which she accused David Hencke of The Guardian of lying in his reporting.  Most recently, the Baroness penned a supportive witness statement for Hunt's High Court action against the ITC and Granada Television. [to download Baroness Turner's witness statement CLICK HERE]

Gerald Howarth MP

Conservative front bench spokesman on Defence, Gerald Howarth MP

Currently a Conservative front-bench spokesman on Defence, Gerald Howarth is a longstanding close friend of former Conservative MP Neil Hamilton and, believing him to be wholly innocent of The Guardian's and Fayed's allegations, is his most vocal supporter in parliament. 
    However, the Conservative Party's recent obsession with trying to curry favour with Britain's media since the damage caused to the Party by The Guardian's 'cash for questions' campaign, and the general lack of fibre among British Parliamentarians generally, has meant that Gerald has often risked censure from Conservative hierarchy for his espousal of the man he believes was wrongly excoriated.

Gerald Howarth MP

On 17 November 1998, four weeks after chairing the launch of Hunt's book Trial by Conspiracy, Gerald spoke in a Commons debate on the appointment of a successor to Sir Gordon Downey, whose report had condemned Hamilton as corrupt on the word of Mohamed 'Al' Fayed and his staff.  Speaker after speaker heaped praise on the outgoing civil servant.  Then, in a half hour performance reminiscent of Henry Fonda in the 1957 movie "12 angry men", Gerald tore into Downey's perverse reasoning.  At the conclusion of his speech, he held out a copy of Trial by Conspiracy (above left), which he described as an "excellent book" which "sets out what I believe to be the gravest miscarriage of justice".  [To download the full one-hour debate CLICK HERE]

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