REVEALED: MP Ken Clarke's Book Backlash over Contaminated Blood Scandal
Ken Clarke blood-book documents made public for the first time
In 2017 Factor 8 took action against Ken Clarke for comments made in his autobiography "Kind of Blue" about Haemophiliacs and the Contaminated Blood Scandal. The matter concluded following Ken Clarke's agreement to withdraw one of those comments, and on 23rd July 2017 The Mirror broke the story.
We are today presenting publicly the full response that was provided during this time as we believe the community have a strong interest in seeing that correspondence.
The above responses were received in light of the issues we had taken up with Ken Clarke and his book publishers. The issues were plenty, essentially the below excerpts from Mr Clarke's book, we alleged, are almost entirely inaccurate.
We keenly took issue on a variety of things, in particular, Mr Clarke's appraisal of Glenarthur, of which we presented the below evidence:
In relation to the third paragraph, our client disputes that it is correct that
Simon Glenarthur “behaved impeccably throughout the crisis”.
Mr Glenarthur was explicitly told of the dangers at a crucial period in 1983, and did not act as he should have done, causing further individuals to be affected by the Tainted Blood Scandal, including but not limited to:
- Simon Glenarthur admitted in a letter received by the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs in January 1984 that “the circumstantial evidence is strong” when referring to the risk of AIDS and that “surely it is of no consequence that the UK might become the
dumping ground of products made from plasma”.
- Despite being made aware by experts from the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs in 1983 and 1984 that the products imported posed a risk of AIDS, Simon Glenarthur continued to allow the importation of such products that infected people with HIV.
Although it is not necessarily against the law to say things that aren't true publicly. In this case, it should be.
Coming back to present day, Kenneth Clarke today gave comment to The Guardian for an article they have published on the Tainted Blood Scandal.