A truly shocking bit of news for the whole of the Westminster Village. I've just been told by a lobby journalist that Gareth Butler has died of a heart attack at the age of only forty two. Gareth had worked at BBC Millbank for many years, latterly as deputy editor on the Politics Show. He was a political being to his fingertips, which was not surprising bearing in mind who is father is - David Butler, co-author of the British General Election series of books. Gareth had also inherited the role of editor of the British Political Facts series from his father. He recently left the BBC and had his first published article in the recent edition of Progress.
My heart goes out to his wife, two children and his parents. Losing a husband, father and son is a truly terrible thing for any family to go through. I am sure all the readers of this blog will join me in sending them our deep sympathies.
UPDATE: Read Jon Sopel's obituary of Gareth HERE.