Jonathan Aitken

Conservative Member of Parliament
Born Aug 30, 1942

Jonathan William Patrick Aitken is a former Conservative Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom for 24 years, and a former British government Cabinet minister. He was convicted of perjury in 1999 and received an 18-month prison sentence, of which he served seven months. He is currently president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jonathan Aitken.


Aitken's baptism took place on 16 October 1942 at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, an Anglican church, at which he was named "Jonathan William Patrick Aitken". … Read More


1966 23 Years Old 1 More Event
He served as a war correspondent during the 1960s in Vietnam and Biafra, and gained a reputation for risk-taking when he took LSD in 1966 as an experiment for an article in the London Evening Standard and had a bad trip ".. … Read More
1968 25 Years Old He was also a journalist at Yorkshire Television from 1968 to 1970, presenting the regional news show Calendar. … Read More
1970 27 Years Old In 1970 Aitken was acquitted at the Old Bailey for breaching section 2 of the Official Secrets Act 1911, when he photocopied a report about the British government's supply of arms to Nigeria, and sent a copy to The Sunday Telegraph and to Hugh Fraser, a pro-Biafran (Nigerian Civil War) Tory MP. … Read More


1979 36 Years Old In 1979, Aitken married Lolicia Olivera Azucki, a daughter of O. Azucki of Zurich, Switzerland; they divorced in 1998. … Read More
1980 37 Years Old Aitken wrote a highly confidential letter to Thatcher in early 1980, dealing with allegations that the former Director-General of MI5, Sir Roger Hollis, had been a double agent also working for the Soviet Union. … Read More
1981 38 Years Old Espionage historian Chapman Pincher obtained a copy of the letter, and used former MI5 officers Peter Wright and Arthur Martin as his main additional secret sources, to write the sensational book Their Trade is Treachery in 1981.


1987 44 Years Old This matter raged full of controversy throughout the 1980s, and led to Wright eventually publishing his own best-selling book Spycatcher in 1987, despite the government's prolonged and bitter court attempts to stop him in Australia from doing so. … Read More
1988 45 Years Old Aitken had previously been a director of BMARC, an arms exporter, from 1988 to 1990.


1993 - 1994 2 More Events
1995 52 Years Old 1 More Event
On 10 April 1995, The Guardian carried a front-page report on Aitken's dealings with leading Saudis. … Read More
1997 54 Years Old 1 More Event
The World in Action film, Jonathan of Arabia, went ahead and Aitken carried out his threat to sue. The action collapsed in June 1997 (a month after he had lost his seat in the 1997 General Election) when the Guardian and Granada produced, via their counsel George Carman QC, evidence countering his claim that his wife, Lolicia Aitken, paid for the hotel stay at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. … Read More
1999 56 Years Old After being imprisoned in 1999, he began to study the Bible, learned Greek, and became a student of Christian theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. … Read More


In early 2004, some constituency party members in Aitken's former seat of South Thanet proposed that he should return as Conservative candidate for the seat. … Read More
2006 63 Years Old In 2006 Aitken became honorary president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. … Read More
2007 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 2007, with the approval of senior members of the Shadow Cabinet, he took charge of a task force on prison reform within Iain Duncan Smith's Centre for Social Justice to help formulate Conservative policy. … Read More
2009 66 Years Old In 2009 Aitken published a biography of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev (Nazarbayev and the Making of Kazakhstan: From Communism to Capitalism), with his subject's cooperation.
2013 70 Years Old Aitken published a book of personal recollections of Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality, after her death in 2013.
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