Essex councillor’s daughter Natalie Lewis-Hoyle was in ‘troubled relationship’ before her death, inquest hears

Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, 28, the daughter of Commons Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle who died in Heybri

Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, 28, the daughter of Commons Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle who died in Heybridge, Essex, on December 15 last year. Picture: HOUSE OF COMMONS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

The daughter of Commons Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle had been in a “troubled” relationship before her death, an inquest heard.

Natalie Lewis-Hoyle died in Heybridge near Maldon in Essex on December 15 last year.

The 28-year-old was described as someone who had been full of life and had a “whole bundle of energy”, at the hearing in Chelmsford.

A young parish councillor, Miss Lewis-Hoyle had been reflecting on a troubled relationship before her death – but was “finally coming to terms with the fact that it wasn’t going to go anywhere”, her mother Miriam Lewis said.

Essex Police found there were no suspicious circumstances and concluded there had been no third party involvement in Miss Lewis-Hoyle’s death – and this was accepted by the court.


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But both her parents, who attended with their partners, said they were troubled by phone calls they believed had affected their daughter’s state of mind.

They said she had expressed no intentions to take her own life.

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Miss Lewis-Hoyle had been collected by her mother from Hatfield Peverel railway station on December 14.

The next morning, Mrs Lewis found her daughter dead in her bedroom.

Sir Lindsay, a Labour MP for Chorley in Lancashire, said he believed what happened had been “a reaction to that phone call” adding the call “had left somebody in a different state of mind than what they had been in (before)”.

Mrs Lewis, who is a Maldon district councillor for the Conservative Party, said: “I’m afraid for me I accept that within the law as it stands at the time there was no third party involvement but it’s not something that I am going to be able to put out of my head.”

She added that her daughter’s relationship “was really, really deteriorating”.

The coroner said: “She was in a somewhat troubled relationship.”

Mrs Beasley-Murray recorded an open conclusion, at which point Miss Lewis-Hoyle’s parents comforted each other and Mrs Lewis said: “Thank you.”

The coroner added: “We haven’t got all of the bits of the jigsaw.

“We will never quite know what was going through her mind.

“So that’s what I am going to record.”

Miss Lewis-Hoyle had been chairwoman of the environment committee at Heybridge parish council, and was “clearly much loved”, the coroner added.

Her father said: “She was a person that loved life. She was life. She brought life to everybody.”

Referencing her daughter’s small frame, Mrs Lewis said: “She was a tiny person, a teeny tiny person.

“She was a pocket rocket. She was just a whole bundle of energy.”

Mrs Beasley-Murray expressed her condolences to the family.

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