19 OCT 2015 UPDATED 20:31, 19 OCT 2015
BY BEN GLAZE
The former Tory peer suffered liver, kidney and renal failure the day after his book was serialised.
(TAP – Did Cameron’s protectors try to bump Ashcroft off? It’s a very strange coincidence if they didn’t. The war-bankers will do absolutely anything to protect their political assets. That’s the measure of how desperate they are, and why they’re investing so much in Corbyn. Corbyn’s job is to keep Cameron in place (by being unelectable Michael Foot style), and to support war against Russia when the time comes. If Cameron goes, then they might lose control of the British Parliament, and the ability to call the world to war. Ashcroft is a threat to their prime war asset – David Cameron – and they want him silenced.)
The Picture Library – Lord Michael Ashcroft and David Cameron
Lord Michael Ashcroft, left, is in hospital while his book about David Cameron goes on sale
Lord Ashcroft is in hospital tonight having fallen ill hours after extracts from his controversial book about David Cameron were published.
The former Tory peer suffered liver, kidney and renal failure and septic shock the day after his Call Me Dave biography of the PM was serialised in a newspaper.
He was taken to hospital and spent 18 days in intensive care. He is now recovering in Belize.
It included extraordinary claims that Mr Cameron inserted a part of his body into a dead pig’s head at a boozy bash during his Oxford University days.
Guests gathered for tonight’s official book launch were stunned to learn Lord Ashcroft fell ill on September 24.
Guests were told the peer and co-author Isabel Oakeshott “left out a lot of material relating to David Cameron’s private life” from their final draft.
Lord Ashcroft’s sensational book sent shockwaves through Westminster when extracts were published in the Daily Mail just two weeks before this month’s Tory Party conference in Manchester.
It cemented the secretive billionaire’s reputation as a powerful figure not to be crossed.
His millions helped the Conservatives target key seats in the 2010 election, and he revelled in his image as the moneyman with real influence.
Labour figures privately admit the Ashcroft-funded campaign blitz in marginal constituencies helped turf the party out of office.
But following the election which returned the Tories to power, the peer fell out with Mr Cameron over the Prime Minister’s supposed refusal to give him a job he wanted.
Chichester-born Lord Ashcroft had been party treasurer and later deputy chairman – and had pumped £8million into the fighting fund.
But the behind-the-scenes operator walked away from Conservative HQ and set up his own polling company, producing reports from key seats.
The 69-year-old ex-grammar school boy with an estimated £1.32billion fortune is now a respected pollster and a political commentator on Twitter.
Best known as a Tory donor and for his controversial tax arrangements, he is the founder and chairman of crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.
He has also penned military history books and has spent 29 years amassing the world’s biggest collection of Victoria Cross medals.
He owns more than 180 in the £30million haul which is displayed at London’s Imperial War Museum London in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery – paid for by a £5million donation from the peer.
He has also given £50,000 to the campaign to overturn the murder conviction of “Marine A” – Sergeant Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine who shot dead a wounded Taliban insurgent in Helmand.
Lord Ashcroft owns a £35million Dassault Falcon 7X private jet via his Bermudan-registered company, and has two 150ft yachts – the Lady M and the Atlantic Goose – both thought to be registered in Belize.
He is believed to have been bankrolling the Tories since the 1980s and served as the party’s treasurer from 1998-2001, when he was also Belize’s ambassador to the United Nations.
But the donations were criticised by political opponents who questioned whether he was based in the tax haven to limit how much cash he paid to the Treasury on overseas earnings.
It also led to an outcry when then Tory leader nominated him for a peerage in 2000, shining an unwelcome spotlight on his finances.
He quit the Lords in March(2015) saying his “other activities do not permit me to devote the time that membership of the Lords properly requires”.
He has been married to Susan Anstey since 1986 and the couple have homes in London, Maidenhead in Berkshire, and Belize.