THE father of murdered North East Redcap Simon Miller has approached the UK Independence Party in a bid to get justice for his son.
South Tyneside-born Corporal Miller was one of six Royal Military Police officers killed when a 400-strong mob attacked a police station in Majar al-Kabir, Iraq, in June 2003.
Since then, his devastated father, John Miller, of Washington, has fought for answers about his 21-year-old son’s death, but after a number of disappointments, he has now contacted UKIP to ask for support.
Mr Miller said: “In July 2003, Jack Straw, the then home secretary, during the weekly House of Commons questions, slammed his fist on the table and yelled ‘we will not rest in the hunt for the murderers’, yet here we are almost 11 years on, not one thing has been done about it, and the known murderers still walk free men in Iraq.
“What I need is somebody in government to put pressure on to get them off the streets of Iraq.”
Mr Miller will meet UKIP’s deputy leader, Paul Nutall, today in Sunderland, before the MEP holds a public meeting at the Toby Carvery in Barnes Park.
The meeting will be chaired by Wearside branch chairman and Houghton and Sunderland South prospective parliamentary candidate Richard Elvin. Mr Elvin said: “We are delighted that Paul and Diane have been able to fit this public event into their busy schedules.
“I am particularly pleased that Paul has shown an interest in the tragic case of the murder of Cpl Miller and his five fellow soldiers.”
Corporal Miller, originally from South Shields, died alongside Cpl Paul Long, 24, of South Shields, and Cpl Russell Aston, 30, Lance Cpl Benjamin Hyde, 23, Lance Cpl Tom Keys, 20, and Sgt Simon Hamilton-Jewell, 41.