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Stonehouse: Cabinet Minister, Fraudster, Spy

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Julians’ specialism in serious crime, public law and family law can be seen in the following array of cases listed below. On 20 November 1974, while booked in at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami, he told a business colleague that he was going for a late afternoon swim. About the Author: JULIAN HAYES is a criminal and child-care lawyer with his firm, Berris Law, in London.

John Stonehouse on his way from the House of Commons to Horseferry Road magistrates court, October 1975. She’s also studied the Stonehouse file from the StB archive and says she finds in it nothing to prove that he either took cash from them or provided any information that wasn’t readily available in the public domain. British MP John Stonehouse appears to have begun his political career as an idealist but greed got the better of him. In 1998 Julian moved to London where he opened his own practice, one of the most progressive and exciting firms in London.I did find out something about his past in the 1960s, which will surprise people who haven’t kept up-to-date with Stonehouse. Some conjectured that he had been the victim of a mafia hit, while others speculated that he had been smuggled to communist Cuba on a Russian submarine.

He had faked his death by leaving the sea along the coast and changing into dry clothes, which he had covertly deposited at another hotel. Either Stonehouse was not as clever as he thought – or too clever for his own good making this one of the most bizarre non-fiction stories I have read to date.Even a daughter trying to rehabilitate the reputation of her father can’t entirely escape acknowledgment of monstrous behaviour. He was soon apprehended, in Australia, where he was initially thought by the police to be Lord Lucan, that other notable fugitive from justice of the time. The biggest point of difference between them is whether Stonehouse was, as many have since concluded, an agent for the eastern bloc. During the cold war, there was a concerted effort by the Kremlin and its Warsaw Pact allies to recruit MPs and trade unionists as sources of information and agents of influence. But wait for it, the best part is worth your patience the courtroom dramas, oh my goodness sensational and so much fun - like you are a fly on the courtroom wall, if only!

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