Thursday, October 17News For London

Breaking: Former London MP Cecil Parkinson dies: Age 84

Lord Parkinson, who served as Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire, Enfield and Hertsmere has died from Cancer aged 84.

Lord Parkinson was considered as one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest supporters. Under Mrs Thatcher he served in cabinet in numerous roles, including Secretary of State for Transport and the Department of Trade and Industry.

However it was his antics away from parliament that derailed his political career, as he was involved in one of the biggest political sex scandals of the 1980s.

In 1983, it emerged that Parkinson had been engaged in an affair with his secretary Sara Keays,   resulting in the birth of his daughter, Flora. Miss Keays claimed that Parkinson has reneged on a promise to leave his wife during the affair.

Parkinson resigned in 1983 and didn’t return to the front bench until 1987, when he served as Secretary of State for Energy.

He resigned from the government for the final time in 1990, following Margaret Thatcher’s departure from Downing Street and left the House of Commons entirely in 1992. In the same year, he became a member of House of Lords.

Since leaving the House of Commons, he kept a low profile, especially since September 2015, but did serve as Chairman of Conservative Party for a year under the leadership of William Hague.

He was survived by his wife and four daughters: Mary, Emma, Joanna and Flora.