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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Epilepsy led to death of Carlisle political activist - inquest

A political activist who was found dead at his home died of natural causes, a coroner has ruled.

Peter Bradley photo
Peter Bradley

Father-of-two Peter Bradley, aged 50, was found dead in his flat on July 10 this year.

His landlord had raised the alarm after finding Mr Bradley, who suffered from severe epilepsy, on the floor of his flat on Lazonby Road, Carlisle.

His sister Pamela Ann Key said that he had suffered a serious epileptic seizure in the street in the months before his death.

She said: “He was an exceptionally busy person socially.

“I last saw him 10 days before he died and he was jovial in spirits.”

Although Mr Bradley was found on July 10, Dr David Roberts, coroner for the north and west of Cumbria, said it was very likely he died on July 5.

Mr Bradley worked at the McDonald’s restaurant in Kingstown and had been involved in Labour politics for a number of years.

He was also a born-again Christian and a member of the Hebron Evangelical Church in Botchergate.

A post mortem found that Mr Bradley’s passing was a “sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.”

Dr Roberts said: “He was a hard-working man and a private man, and had not had a happy time with his divorce. There is no suggestion of suspicious circumstances and no definitive cause of death.”

Paul Mark, an electrician who raised the alarm after discovering Mr Bradley, said: “He had a meal every night in the pub and chatted to customers and staff.

“He was quite a private man and as far as I know he didn’t drink.

“He was a bit worried about his epilepsy and seemed to have fits quite regularly when he was at work.”

Mr Bradley stood in Castle ward at the Carlisle City Council elections in 2000 and at Cumbria County Council elections the following year, but was not elected.

He had suffered for the majority of his life with epilepsy and had been taken to A&E several times.

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