Deputy speaker’s daughter was found hanged ‘after breakdown of “toxic” relationship amid assault claim’
Parish councillor, Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, was said to be planning her future and looking forward to Christmas, before her mother found her dead Dec 15
Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, 28, was the only child of Deputy Speaker House of Lindsay Hoyle and his first wife Maldon council leader Miriam Lewis
Lewis-Hoyle had struggled with the ending of a relationship and an assault she had suffered a month before she died
Her told the coroner’s inquest: “It’s my firm conviction there was an assault on [Dec] 23, as the relationship was really deteriorating. It was a very toxic relationship.”
Lindsay Lewis-Hoyle’s death was ruled suicide
The daughter of the House of Commons deputy speaker was found hanged after the breakdown of a “toxic relationship”, an inquest heard.
Natalie Lewis-Hoyle had struggled with the ending of a relationship and an assault she had suffered a month before she died, the Essex coroner was told.
The deputy speaker said ‘Thank you for the kind support we’ve received’. Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle paid a heartbreaking tribute to his ‘beautiful’ daughter Natalie
The 28-year-old had been out drinking before her mum picked her up and drove them home on December 14.. She was found hanging on the back of her bedroom door by her mother, former Maldon council leader Miriam Lewis, at their Heybridge, Essex home on Friday, December 15, last year.
The young politician who was a parish councillor reportedly, was planning her future and looking forward to Christmas before her mother found her dead the next morning.
Her father, Deputy Speaker [Labour], Lindsay Hoyle, told the inquest he thinks she had some distressing phone calls.
He said: “Obviously no one can judge what was in that phone call, we know there was a reaction to that phone call, that something happened following that,” said Sir Hoyle.
British House of Commons Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle [left], with wife Catherine Swindley [center in camel coat], and the mother of his daughter, ex-wife Miriam Lewis [second left] at the inquest for their daughter Natalie Hoyle
“I don’t know where that takes us with third party involvement.
“We know there was third party involvement with that phone call that left them in a different state of mind.”
Her family had appealed for help in deciphering what happened to Natalie in the hours that led up to her death, as they described themselves as “truly devastated”.
The Labour MP said last year: “Our family will never be the same without our loving granddaughter, sister and aunty.”
Her mother, Miriam Lewis, told the inquest: “It’s my firm conviction there was an assault on the 23rd which was as the relationship was really deteriorating. It was a very toxic relationship.”
Natalie’s mother Miriam Lewis [left], at the inquest revealed that her daughter [right], had been in a ‘toxic’ relationship
She tearfully said: “I know that is the conclusion the police have had to draw and there’s a lack of evidence.
“When someone is in psychological torment you don’t get the bruises and fat lips and black eyes.
“Other than the conversations with that person there was nothing between her and her death other than the conversations with that person.
Natalie was found hanged at her Essex home by her mum. Miriam Lewis said her daughter had been assaulted about a month before her death.
“I accept that within the law as it stands at the moment there is no third-party involvement, it is not something I’m going to be able to put out of my head.”
Detective Inspector Gary Biddle however told the inquest: “There’s no suspicious circumstances as far as Essex Police are involved.”
After the parents paid tribute to their “pocket rocket” daughter who “lit up the room” senior Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded an open verdict.
She said: “I’m going to record an open conclusion, we don’t have all the bits of the jigsaw.
“We’ll never quite know what was going through her mind.
“She clearly was much loved.
“I hope you will be able to think back on all the happy positive memories.”