Ashcroft recovering in hospital after “life threatening” illness
Monday, October 19th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The online version of British newspaper the Daily Mail reports that Conservative peer and multimillionaire businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft is now “out of danger” but still recovering in a U.S. hospital from a “life-threatening” illness over the last two weeks.
As we reported a few weeks ago, he was preparing for the launch of a biography of British Prime Minister David Cameron called “Call Me Dave” on October 5. But he missed the launch in the UK earlier this evening their time after battling renal failure, septic shock, liver and kidney failure as it emerged he had been in intensive care for 18 days.
According to the Mail, which has been serializing the biography co-written with journalist Isabel Oakeshott, 69 year old Ashcroft came down with the condition three days after their publication began.
The launch was attended by various UK political leaders.
The biography of David Cameron disclosed Lord Ashcroft’s fury at the Prime Minister for going back on a vow to reward his support for the Tories with a top job in government, the Mail reports.
It also says there are on-the-record claims that Cameron smoked cannabis at university and that cocaine was in circulation at a dinner party at his home.
And there was frenzied speculation over which MP claimed Mr Cameron ‘inserted a private part of his anatomy’ into the mouth of a dead pig at an initiation ceremony for a debauched Oxford society.
A statement read by Lord Ashcroft’s publisher Iain Dale denied that the book was motivated by ‘revenge and malice’, adding: ‘While I’m certainly mischievous, I’m not malicious.’ He added that many details of Cameron’s private life are left out of the book, and all its profits will go to military charities.
Ashcroft, who also has Belizean citizenship, yesterday tweeted his support for rugby heavyweights New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup after all the British nations were knocked out.
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