John Profumo
British politician
John Profumo
Brigadier John Dennis Profumo, 5th Baron Profumo CBE, informally known as Jack Profumo, was a British politician. His title, 5th Baron, which he did not use, was Italian. Although Profumo held an increasingly responsible series of political posts in the 1950s, he is best known today for his involvement in a 1963 scandal involving a prostitute.
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Lies, promises and mandates - On Line opinion
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John Profumo, a British Secretary of State for War who had been implicated in a sex scandal in 1963, resigned in disgrace for lying to the House, and spent the rest of his life working in the East End for charitable causes. Lesser cases of lying are
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Se salió con la suya - Semana.com
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En todo caso, el megaescándalo pasará a la posteridad al lado de historias tan suculentas como la del presidente Bill Clinton y Monica Lewinsky en los años noventa, o la del ministro británico John Profumo y la cabaretera Christine Keeler en los
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Ledbury, Herefordshire: Shall i compare thee to an unlovely Tesco? - Daily Mail
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John Profumo, toppled by the Christine Keeler scandal in 1963, retained a foxy glint well into old age. The latest diaries of former Labour MP Chris Mullin describe how in March 1999, Mullin encountered his colleague Oona King (pictured)
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Scandals are often on the cards - The Daily Telegraph
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That's the way it has gone with everyone from former US president Bill Clinton and vice-presidential candidate John Edwards to British Conservative politician John Profumo and former Australian deputy Prime Minister Jim Cairns - although,
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Kind Hearts and Coronets – review - The Guardian
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(In 1963, Hobson was poignantly to find a similar "loyal wife" role in real life, standing by her husband, disgraced politician John Profumo.) This was Robert Hamer's masterpiece, and though his troubled life and career were sadly brief,
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Jon Snow's Big Society - Swans
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... these being Sir Matthew Slattery ("chairman of BOAC, forerunner of British Airways") and the disgraced ex-Minister for War, John Profumo "now working out his redemption at a settlement in London's East End." On the latter individual, Jon recalls:
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The Devil's Double – review - The Guardian
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The screenwriter, Michael Thomas, handled similarly salacious political material with greater skill in Scandal, the 1988 study of the John Profumo/Christine Keeler affair, and while the film is fairly entertaining, it has nothing new to say about Iraq
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Whatever happened to...those involved in the Profumo Affaier - Scotland on Sunday
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John Profumo: Following his resignation, he departed from public life and dedicated himself to charity work, refusing to ever speak about the scandal. He died in London aged 91 in March 2006. ler has written several books about the affair and helped
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Last Night's TV: My Resignation/BBC4 The Code/BBC2 - The Independent
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Why should John Profumo have resigned for liaising with an attractive whore? Why should Greg Dyke resign for being the victim of a whitewashed report from the Establishment? Why should Jacqui Smith resign because of her husband's fondness for porn?
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Rupert Murdoch Through The Years - PRI's The World
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Before long it scooped its rivals by publishing the memoirs of Christine Keeler, a young woman who earlier in the decade had become sexually involved with a British government minister, John Profumo. At the time she was also sleeping with a drug dealer
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Phone-Hacking is One Thing, But, Profumo -- Now That Was a Scandal! - International Business Times
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In 1963, when the Western world was already on the precipice of monumental changes, it was revealed that John Profumo, Britain's Secretary of State for War, had an affair with a prostitute named Christine Keeler, who also happened to be the mistress of
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Thank you and goodbye - News of the World
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We revealed Christine Keeler's fling with Tory War Minister John Profumo and a Russian diplomat at the same time - The Profumo Affair, the biggest scandal in British politics. He resigned, as did PM Harold Macmillan soon after August 11, 1963
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News of the World: a potted history - TNT Magazine
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News of the World revealed how John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War, slept with Christine Keeler, the reputed mistress of an alleged Russian spy. At its peak, in the 1950s, editions of News of the World would regularly sell more than eight
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The News of the World (1843–2011): Murdoch's Symbolic Sacrifice - Vanity Fair
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Initially, Murdoch was an unassuming figure in London, but several months into his ownership, he decided to serialize the memoirs of call girl Christine Keeler, whose brief affair with British war secretary John Profumo had forced Profumo's resignation
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Lt-Col James Allason - Telegraph.co.uk
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Lt-Col James Allason, who died on June 16 aged 98, enjoyed a colourful military career before becoming Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead for 15 years, and most notably John Profumo's Parliamentary private secretary. Socially connected and a lover of
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Profumo affair - Redemption - Richmond Times Dispatch
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John Profumo served as a minister during Harold Macmillan's term as prime minister. A son of privilege, Profumo resigned after revelations of a sex scandal arose. His mistress, Christine Keeler, also sweated around with a Soviet officer,
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 91
    On 7 March 2006, Profumo suffered a stroke and was admitted to London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details He died two days later surrounded by his family, at the age of 91. In the immediate aftermath of his death, many commentators said that he should be remembered as much for his contribution to society after his fall from political grace as for the scandal of 1963 which caused that fall. He was cremated at Mortlake Crematorium, his ashes buried next to those of his wife at the family vault in Hersham.
  • 2005
    Age 90
    His last appearance was at the memorial service for Sir Edward Heath on 8 November 2005.
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  • 1995
    Age 80
    In 1995, former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher invited him to her 70th birthday dinner, where he sat next to the Queen.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared only occasionally in public, particularly in his last years when he used a wheelchair.
  • 1989
    Age 74
    Profumo maintained complete public silence about the matter for the rest of his life, even when the 1989 film Scandal - in which he was played by Ian McKellen - and the publication of Keeler's memoirs revived public interest in the affair.
    More Details Hide Details Profumo was portrayed by Daniel Flynn in Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical Stephen Ward, which opened at the Aldwych Theatre on 19 December 2013. Shortly after his resignation Profumo began to work as a volunteer cleaning toilets at Toynbee Hall, a charity based in the East End of London, and continued to work there for the rest of his life. Peter Hitchens has written that Profumo "vanished into London's East End for 40 years, doing quiet good works". Profumo "had to be persuaded to lay down his mop and lend a hand running the place", eventually becoming Toynbee Hall's chief fundraiser, and used his political skills and contacts to raise large sums of money. All this work was done as a volunteer, since Profumo was able to live on his inherited wealth. His wife, the actress Valerie Hobson, also devoted herself to charity until her death in 1998. In the eyes of most commentators, Profumo's charity work redeemed his reputation. His friend, social reform campaigner Lord Longford said he "felt more admiration Profumo than for all the men I've known in my lifetime".
  • FIFTIES
  • 1975
    Age 60
    Profumo was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1975, and received the honour at a Buckingham Palace ceremony from Queen Elizabeth II, signalling his return to respectability.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1964
    Age 49
    The scandal rocked the Conservative government, and was generally held to have been among the causes of its defeat by Labour at the 1964 election. Macmillan had already gone by then, having resigned in October 1963 to be succeeded by Alec Douglas-Home.
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  • 1962
    Age 47
    In December 1962, a shooting incident in London involving two other men who were involved with Keeler led the press to investigate Keeler, and reporters soon learned of her affairs with Profumo and Ivanov. But the British tradition of respecting the private lives of British politicians, for fear of libel actions, was maintained until March 1963, when the Labour MP George Wigg, claiming to be motivated by the national security aspects of the case, taking advantage of Parliamentary privilege, which gave him immunity from any possible legal action, referred in the House of Commons to the rumours linking Profumo with Keeler.
    More Details Hide Details Profumo then made a personal statement in which he admitted he knew Keeler but denied there was any "impropriety" in their relationship and threatened to sue if newspapers asserted otherwise. Profumo's statement did not prevent newspapers publishing stories about Keeler, and it soon became apparent to Macmillan that his position was untenable. On 5 June 1963, Profumo was forced to admit that he had lied to the House, an unforgivable offence in British politics. He resigned from office, from the House and from the Privy Council. Before making his public confession Profumo confessed the affair to his wife, who stood by him. It was never shown that his relationship with Keeler had led to any breach of national security.
    The Conservative Party had, however, been suffering a decline in popularity for some time before the Profumo Affair, which could be traced back to the failed application to join the European common market and the Night of the Long Knives in July 1962, which had seen Macmillan dismiss seven members of his cabinet in an attempt to restore the government's popularity.
    More Details Hide Details Macmillan's style of politics and that of Douglas-Home had also been regarded as old-fashioned in comparison with that of Labour's Harold Wilson, who became leader of the opposition in early 1963 following the sudden death of Hugh Gaitskell.
  • 1961
    Age 46
    In July 1961, at a party at Cliveden, home of Viscount Astor, Profumo met Christine Keeler, a model with whom he began a sexual relationship.
    More Details Hide Details Profumo ended it after only a few weeks but rumours about the affair began to circulate. Since Keeler also had sexual relations with Yevgeni Ivanov, the senior naval attaché at the Soviet Embassy, the Profumo Affair took on a national security dimension.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1954
    Age 39
    In 1954 he married the actress Valerie Hobson.
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  • 1952
    Age 37
    He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in November 1952, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation in November 1953, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies in January 1957, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office in November 1958, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in January 1959.
    More Details Hide Details In July 1960, he was appointed Secretary of State for War (outside of the cabinet) and a member of the Privy Council.
  • 1950
    Age 35
    In 1950 he left the army and at the general election in February 1950 he was elected for Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire, a safe Conservative seat.
    More Details Hide Details Profumo was a well-connected politician with a good war record, and (despite Margesson's above-mentioned outburst) was highly regarded in the Conservative party. These qualities helped him to rise steadily through the ranks of the Conservative government that came to power in 1951.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 30
    Later in 1945 he was chief of staff to the British Mission to Japan.
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    At the 1945 election Profumo was defeated at Kettering by a Labour candidate, Dick Mitchison.
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  • 1944
    Age 29
    Major (temporary Lieutenant colonel) Profumo was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) (military) "in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy", on 21 December 1944.
    More Details Hide Details Specifically it was for his service on Field Marshal Harold Alexander's staff commanding the 15th Army Group. In November 1947 Acting Colonel Profumo was awarded the Bronze Star Medal by the United States "in recognition of distinguished services in the cause of the Allies".
  • 1940
    Age 25
    Profumo was then the youngest MP, and by the time of his death he had become the last surviving former member of the 1940 House of Commons.
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    In 1940, while still serving in the army, Profumo was elected to the House of Commons as a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Kettering in Northamptonshire at a by-election on 3 March.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly afterwards he voted against the Chamberlain government in the debate following the British defeat at Narvik in Norway. This defiance on Profumo's part enraged the Government Whip, David Margesson, who said to him, "I can tell you this, you utterly contemptible little shit. On every morning that you wake up for the rest of your life you will be ashamed of what you did last night." Profumo later remarked that Margesson "couldn't have been more wrong."
    Profumo was born in Kensington, London, the son of Albert Profumo, 4th Baron Profumo, a diplomat and barrister of Italian origin, who died in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details He was educated at Harrow School and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he read law and was a member of the Bullingdon Club.
  • 1939
    Age 24
    On 1 July 1939 he was commissioned into the Royal Armoured Corps as a second lieutenant, service number 92407.
    More Details Hide Details He had previously been a member of the Officer Training Corps and a Cadet Sergeant while at Harrow. He served in North Africa with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry as a Captain (acting major), where he was mentioned in despatches. He landed in Normandy on D-Day and was engaged in the subsequent fierce fighting to secure that region of France. His final rank in the British Army was brigadier.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Age 0
    Born on January 30, 1915.
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