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Man killed himself using guide from the internet, inquest hears

A 49-year-old man used gas to take his own life after researching how to do it on the internet, an inquest has heard.

Robert Stannard, of Mill Lane, Teignmouth, was found dead in his garden shed on May 9 last year, by his wife and son who had been looking for him.

An inquest in Torquay on Thursday heard that Mr Stannard, who suffered with depression, had been ‘very determined’ to end his life and had left a suicide note at the scene.

His son, Daryl, said in a statement that the shed was locked from the inside and his mother thought she could see him inside. He said: “I saw Dad and immediately thought he looked dead. I told Mum to go back into the house. I followed and rang 999.”

Special constable Adam Bayliss said he used force on the door to gain entry to the shed. His colleague checked for signs of life and stated Mr Stannard was not breathing and she could not locate a pulse. The ambulance service arrived and confirmed that Mr Stannard was dead. The fire service also attended to ensure the scene was safe from the hazards of the gas canister.


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Detective constable Timothy Lavercombe, who attended the inquest in person, confirmed that a suicide note was found at the scene, along with a receipt for the gas canister, some other items and a sheet obtained from the internet which gave ‘a guide to how to kill yourself in this way’.

Det Con Lavercombe, who said he had more than 20 years’ experience, said: “I formed a view Robert had taken his own life. He had done quite a lot of planning around that. He bolted the shed from the inside so my view was it was the outcome he was very determined to achieve.”

Coroner Ian Arrow said the gas had come from a reputable welding specialist company. Mr Arrow said: “He has ordered this bottle for himself and carried out research so he knew how to use that gas. He took it to his shed and locked himself in and has been quite determined in ending his own life.”

He recorded the medical cause of death as suffocation and gas inhalation.

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Anne Marie Morris has had the whip withdrawn by Conservative party chiefs, it has been confirmed. Prime Minister Theresa May has suspended the whip from her after she was recorded using the N-word at a meeting of eurosceptics in Central London.

Ms Morris described the UK leaving the EU without a deal as a “real n*****r in the woodpile” at the launch of a report into the future for the UK’s lucrative financial sector after Brexit.

Ms Morris, who is the Tory MP for Newton Abbot and has been since 2010, has apologised for the remarks.

She told Devon Live: “The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But she has had the whip suspended meaning that although she remains an MP, she is no longer a Conservative MP.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I was shocked to hear of these remarks, which are completely unacceptable. I immediately asked the chief whip to suspend the party whip. Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.”

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An urgent investigation into the remarks had been launched by the Conservative Party. A spokesman for CCHQ said: “We are aware of these reports, this kind of language is completely unacceptable, and we are urgently investigating.”

The Party have now confirmed Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris has had the whip suspended after describing the prospect of leaving the European Union with no deal as “the real n*** in the woodpile”.

Theresa May said: “I was shocked to hear of these remarks, which are completely unacceptable I immediately asked the Chief Whip to suspend the party whip.

“Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.”

Ms Morris made the remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.

After saying just seven per cent of financial services in the UK would be affected by Brexit, Morris, who campaigned to leave the EU, said: “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom.

“Now we get to the real n****r in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?”

It comes just after she was forced to distance herself from comments made by her electoral agent and partner at a hustings who claimed ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

During the debate around education and fair funding of schools, a member of the public stood up and said: ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

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Anne Marie Morris has apologised after she was recorded using the N-word at a meeting of eurosceptics in Central London.

Ms Morris described the UK leaving the EU without a deal as a “real n*****r in the woodpile” at the launch of a report into the future for the UK’s lucrative financial sector after Brexit.

Ms Morris, who is the Tory MP for Newton Abbot and has been since 2010, has apologised for the remarks.

She told Devon Live: “The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”


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An urgent investigation into the remarks has been launched by the Conservative Party. A spokesman for CCHQ said: “We are aware of these reports, this kind of language is completely unacceptable, and we are urgently investigating.”

Ms Morris made the remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.

After saying just seven per cent of financial services in the UK would be affected by Brexit, Morris, who campaigned to leave the EU, said: “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom.

“Now we get to the real n****r in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?”

Calls have been made by other MPs for Anne Marie Morris to lose the Conservative whip.

Tim Farron, the outgoing Lib Dem leader, called for Morris to lose the Tory whip.

“This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our parliament,” he said.


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“The Conservative party should withdraw the whip from Anne Marie Morris and they should do it today. Every hour they leave her in place, is a stain on them and the so called ‘compassionate conservatism’ they supposedly espouse.

“I am utterly shocked that this person represents the good people of Newton Abbot. Even if she misspoke this is the nastiest thing I’ve heard an MP utter since Lord Dixon-Smith uttered the same awful phrase a few years ago.”

Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green party, also called on the Tories to remove the whip.

One person at the Brexit event contacted the Guardian because he was so shocked about what he had heard Morris say.

“I attended in a professional capacity with a colleague,” he said. “I work in financial services and was there to hear about the report on enhanced equivalence being published.

“I was completely taken aback after hearing such a vile and offensive phrase being used by someone in public life, who should be campaigning against such language being used, not dispensing it herself.”

Marie Chadwick, who was the Liberal Democrat candidate in Newton Abbot at the General Election in June, has called for her resignation and said that she has shown her true colours with the remarks.

Mrs Jenkins said: “She should resign and she needs to resign. She has a history of associating herself with people who hold dubious views and now she has shown that not only does she hold those views, she is not afraid to speak about them.

“You simply cannot have people who hold these views representing residents in parliament.

“It is worrying for the constituents that she is the MP who represents them and she has shown with these comments that she is simply not up to the job and she needs to resign.

“I will be calling on Theresa May to sack her but if not, she needs to resign as she was shown what her true colours her.”


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It comes just after she was forced to distance herself from comments made by her electoral agent and partner at a hustings who claimed ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

During the debate around education and fair funding of schools, a member of the public stood up and said: ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

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The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”


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Newton Abbot’s MP Anne Marie Morris has used the racially offensive phrase “n****r in the woodpile” at a meeting about Brexit with eurosceptics in Central London.

The Tory MP, who has been the Member of Parliament for Newton Abbot since 2010, made the astonishing remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019, the Huffington Post reports.

Despite using the racist term, none of her fellow panelists, including Tory MPs Bill Cash and John Redwood, reacted to the comment.


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After saying just seven per cent of financial services in the UK would be affected by Brexit, Morris, who campaigned to leave the EU, said: “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom.

“Now we get to the real n****r in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?”


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The comments came at the launch of a report into the future for the UK’s lucrative financial sector after Brexit.

The launch was held at the exclusive East India Club in St James Square, a few hundred yards from the Mall, and organised by the Politeia group – which describes itself as “A forum for social and economic thinking”.


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The City of London’s Colton Richards was in the audience, and was appalled by Morris’s comments.

He told HuffPost UK: “It was disgusting to hear those comments by somebody in public life.”


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It comes just after she was forced to distance herself from comments made by her electoral agent and partner at a hustings who claimed ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

During the debate around education and fair funding of schools, a member of the public stood up and said: ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

Roger Kendrick and Anne Marie Morris

The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”


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