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Suicide 'was sacrificial'

A PROMINENT right-wing academic and government adviser killed himself in a sacrificial protest against the way his university was being run under a 'money-orientated' dictatorship, an inquest was told yesterday.

Professor David Regan, 55, head of politics at Nottingham University and adviser to ducation ministers, including Kenneth Clarke when he was Secretary of State, gassed himself in his car last July. He left eight letters of explanation, one to the Nottinghamshire coroner, Dr Nigel Chapman, who refused to read it out. He recorded a verdict of suicide.

Obituary, page 23