Stephen Milligan

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Person.png Stephen Milligan  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Born12 May 1948
Godalming, Surrey
Died7 February 1994 (Age 45)
Chiswick, London
Cause of death
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
SpouseJulie Kirkbride
Victim ofpremature death
PartyConservative Party
A Tory MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jonathan Aitken. Died a bizarre death, purportedly by suffocation.

Stephen David Wyatt Milligan was the Conservative MP for Eastleigh and PPS to the then Minister for Defence Procurement (and Cercle member) Jonathan Aitken, at the time of his death at the age of 45.

Official Narrative


There are a number of factors which combine to make Stephen Milligan a suitable subject for inclusion in Wikispooks. They include:

  1. His status and position as an MP and PPS to the soon to be disgraced Minister for Defence Procurement Jonathan Aitken.
  2. The vast amounts of money alleged to have been involved in corruptly securing arms deals with Saudi Arabia in which his boss Johnathan Aitken was deeply and covertly involved.
  3. Allegations in Scallywag magazine of byzantine connections to both MI6 and national football celebrity Justin Fashanu (himself to die in odd circumstances some 4 years later) over gay sex and pedophilia involving senior government ministers of the day. [1] [2]
  4. The bizarre circumstances of his death which, in similar fashion to that of James Rusbridger eclipsed rational inquiry and arguably resulted in a premature 'cased-closed' consensus.

Taken together the probability of deep political shenanigans appears high.

Guardian Obituary

The following is from his obituary in the Guardian published on 8 February 1994:

Milligan attended Magdalen College Oxford, where he became president of the Union. He went into journalism, first with the Economist, where he was in turn industrial editor and chief EC correspondent between 1972 and 1980. (In 1976, he published a book, The New Barons, on British trade unions in the key years of the seventies.) He then joined the BBC as presenter of Radio Four's World Tonight programme for three years moving from there to the Sunday Times to become foreign editor and Washington correspondent, before returning to BBC TV in 1988 as their European correspondent. His foreign affairs experience was noticeable in his interventions in the Commons, and he became secretary of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council in 1991.

He resigned his BBC position on becoming a candidate for the safe Tory seat of Eastleigh in 1990. Among the aspiring candidate's earliest marks were attacks on staffing waste within the BBC - although he supported the retention of the licence fee.

Milligan had begun to make his mark in the Commons as a Government loyalist and, recently, an effective defender of the party in its current troubles. He had already achieved the first step on the ladder to ministerial promotion by becoming a parliamentary private secretary to Jonathan Aitken, Minister of State for Defence. He spoke in the Commons as recently as last Friday, supporting a bill on energy conservation. Shocked colleagues were last night talking about his enthusiasm and optimism for the future and for his career. [3]

Bizarre circumstances of death

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.

Results of final forensic tests released three days after his death found Stephen Milligan had died of asphyxiation from the electrical flex tied in a noose round his neck. Murder was ruled out. Further details of the appearance of his body - including a black bin liner over his head and wearing stockings and suspenders - were said to be consistent with auto-erotic sex practices. At the inquest into his death a verdict of death by misadventure was recorded. It confirmed no traces of drugs or alcohol were found in Mr Milligan's body. [4]

Concerning the rush by official sources and the House of Commons authorities to solidify what has become "The Official Narrative, Keith Harris, the editor of Milligan's local constituency newspaper had this to say:

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 resulting innuendo, no evidence to back up the allegations of amyl nitrate was ever produced and the matter received but minor attention during the inquest. [1]

See Also


  1. a b Keith Harris, Editor Newsmedianews 1999 Keith Harris was a local reporter and the last journalist to have spoken to Stephen Milligan before his death.
  2. Article on Michael Colvin on Blog "Possible British Elite Paedophile Ring" - Blog
  3. Stephen Milligan Obituary - The Guardian 8 February 1994
  4. Police probe MP's suspicious death