John Profumo dies

The former Conservative Minister for War John Profumo died last night. He famously resigned in the mid 60s after lying to the House about his affair with Christine Keeler a model who was also sleeping with a Russian intelligence officer.

Christine became something of an icon because of her famous “chair” photo. The incident was the subject of the 1989 film scandal.

After his resignation John Profumo threw himself into charity work in the East End of London and was awarded the CBE for this in 1973. It is sad that he will probably be remembered far more for the scandal than for the decades of unpaid work that he gave to the Toynbee Hall charity.

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