He was one of the few politicians to attend the Parliamentary debate on money creation, he gave a stirring speech at the protests when UK hosted the secretive Bilderberg Group, and he was the only mainstream politician to raise questions about the 911 attacks, with a 2003 article in the Guardian headed “This War on Terrorism is Bogus”.
His 9/11 stance led to an aggressive character assassination campaign by the US London Embasssy. Later, when he planned a showing of the 9/11 sceptic movie ”Loose Change” in the House of Commons it was cancelled at the last moment while Michael said privately that he feared violent repercussions.
He was active again behind the scenes, supporting a 911 family member who is seeking a new inquest. At a private Commons meeting before his death he seemed in excellent health. He had said he did not feel anything like his age and might stand again for Parliament.
News reports gave no details of the cause of Michael’s unexpected death beyond a statement from Peter Dean, his constituency office manager, who said: “We are extremely sad and it has been quite a short illness he has had and we just don’t know the details at present”.”