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David Clapson- Inquest Denied

November 16, 2016

An update from his sister Gill Thompson, just posted on

 Alongside fellow campaigners I attended the London premiere of “I Daniel Blake,” meeting with the director and cast and carrying a banner with names of the many people who have died we feel, due to benefit sanctions. It was a great film and a great evening.

Earlier in the year I launched a campaign through Crowd Justice to raise funds to appeal to the Attorney General to launch an inquest into David’s death.
By doing this I had hoped to show that David’s death could have been avoided, and subsequently then hoping we can ensure this kind of suffering does not happen to others.
Sadly on the 4th November the Coroner has refused an inquest into David’s death, stating there was no causal link between the sanction on David’s benefits and his death.
The Coroner does not propose to hold a fresh investigation into the death of Mr Clapson.
he stated: “…the evidence does not support either a direct or contributory causal link between the imposition of the benefit sanction and Mr Clapson’s death. In addition… there is no evidence as to whether the benefit sanction was imposed properly or not.”
Essentially indicating there was no causal effect on David’s death through being sanctioned.
Yet David was left with no money for electric to chill his insulin, and, in the Coroner’s own autopsy it stated David had no food in his stomach when he died.
The consequences of taking insulin without food is potentially fatal, yet to not take insulin can cause diabetic ketoacidosis – hardly a choice in my opinion.
I have now started a new campaign through Crowd Justice with an aim to undertake a Judicial Review in the High Court, and this can be found below.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2016 3:03 pm

    Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me, The denial of investigations/inquests i.e Orgreave, Benefit deaths/suicides, Westminster Paedophiles’ etc are because the evil Tories do not like being named and shamed.

  2. November 16, 2016 3:04 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  3. November 16, 2016 5:44 pm

    As far as I know a inquest would only be possible by proof that the DWP played a role in David’s death

    this would mean lots of letters/phone calls punishing him to do x or his benefits’ would be removed

    his sisters word should I believe to be vital in any evidence with regards David’s death and her only avenue now is with her mp to get justice for David

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