Trailblazing Harry Daley was the first openly gay copper in the Met

His dad was from Bermondsey and he finished his career as a policeman with a nine-year stint in Wandsworth. But Harry Daley, whose autobiography was published posthumously, was anything but an ordinary bobbie. He was a true pioneer – the first openly gay officer in the force. Here historian STEPHEN BOURNE tells the story of the daring copper who had an affair with E M Forster and enforced the law while breaking it.

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