minded of his personality it is not surprising that Mike Smith found favour with UKIP as a PPC.
Many will remember his gratuitous and offensive efforts to defame and goad individuals on the internet to provide himself with a duplicitous excuse to attack them and endeavour to profit by the attack.
I was not the only individual he set out to defame but rapidly ceased when he realised he was greatly assisting me in establishing the truth.
Gary Cartwright was similarly defamed but as he has need of earning an income in politics he was unable to take as relaxed a view as I was and silenced the foolish man’s dishonest and abusive behaviour by legal means I understand.
His offensive behaviour and gratuitous and ill informed abuse are more readily understood when considered as the early onset of his sever mental health issues that it would seem led to his untimely demise.
My sympathies are with his widow but realistically I guess they always have been.
Michael Keith-Smith plunged to his death from the top of the medieval castle’s keep shortly after it opened to the public.
The keep, which houses the main tourist displays, was closed for the rest of the day as police investigated the scene.
The 57-year-old, of Castle Road in Portchester, had been a controversial right-leaning political figure for many years – he was thrown out of the Conservative party in 2002.
And in 2005 he mounted a failed bid to win Portsmouth North for UKIP.
The Reverend Charlie Allen, the vicar of St Mary’s Church, which is in the grounds of the castle, lives close to the Keith-Smiths and has been helping to comfort his widow Judy.
Mrs Allen said: ‘It is an incredibly sad situation. Our prayers are with his family at this time.
‘It’s obviously a very traumatic time for all the family.’
His widow was too upset to speak to The News.
Mr Keith-Smith, who ran a rare book business from his home in recent years, is not believed to have had any children.
He died on Saturday morning, but police only confirmed the death yesterday afternoon when challenged by The News about reports circulating locally.
Police spokesman Neil Miller said: ‘Detectives are investigating the non-suspicious death of a man found in the grounds of Portchester Castle at 10am on Saturday. The coroner has been informed.’
Residents living nearby told that Mr Keith-Smith had been suffering from mental health problems for about the past 18 months.
He was also involved in local civic group the Portchester Society, giving a talk on military music to the group earlier this year. Ken Howkins of the society said: ‘It’s a very tragic event.’
Debbie Holden spokeswoman for English Heritage, which runs the castle, said: ‘English Heritage is saddened by the death at Portchester Castle on Saturday.
We would like to thank the police and emergency services and especially the visitors on that day for being so understanding about the early closure.’
The castle was open as usual on Sunday. An inquest has been opened and adjourned at Portsmouth’s Coroner’s Court.
SURVEYOR NOTORIOUS FOR RIGHT WING VIEWS
Michael Keith-Smith, also known as Mike Smith, was a chartered surveyor by trade, but attained national notoriety as a right-wing politician.
He was an active member of the Monday Club, a pressure group on the right-wing of the Conservative Party.
After the party severed its ties with the group in 2001 because of concerns over its anti-immigration policies, Mr Keith-Smith became a co-founder of the Conservative Democratic Alliance.
In 2002, Iain Duncan Smith expelled him from the Tories for threatening to stand candidates against the Conservatives. But Mr Keith-Smith responded with a High Court writ forcing his reinstatement.
However, he soon switched allegiance to UKIP, running as its candidate in Portsmouth North in the 2005 general election. Tory candidate Penny Mordaunt later blamed his intervention for allowing Labour’s Sarah McCarthy-Fry to win the seat.
A year later he became the first person to win a case for libel over the internet against a former schoolteacher who had called him a ‘nonce’ and a ‘Nazi’ on an online message board. He was awarded £10,000 plus £7,200 costs by the High Court.