Gaucin property owner and ex-Tory minister Cecil Parkinson dies at 84

The former Conservative cabinet minister, 84, died from cancer

LAST UPDATED: 25 Jan, 2016 @ 19:19

FORMER Tory minister Cecil Parkinson has died.

cecil parkinsonThe former Conservative cabinet minister, who was a close friend and ally of Margaret Thatcher, was suffering from cancer.

The 84-year-old had a €1.3 million villa in the hills near Gaucin for many years and enjoyed its exclusivity.

He also fled to the Algarve in Portugal following the revelations that his former secretary, Sara Keays, was pregnant with his child in 1983.

In 2002 after a week in his Spanish villa, he told Scottish journalists that his affair with Keays was ‘virtually over’ a year before the baby, Flora, was born.

Parkinson, who was the MP for Enfield West, had been in line for foreign secretary until this development, and once feted as future prime minister according to Thatcher’s private papers.

Instead, he resigned and later became secretary of state for energy and transport.

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  1. He lived too long, he was one of the Thatcher’s chief henchmen that sold off all the important assets that belonged to all the people for a song and the British people have screwed over ever since.

  2. Politics to one side, I met him, albeit in a minor way on many occasions;
    He was always charming and polite, and most notably always appeared interested in what you had to say.
    He was a true gentleman.

  3. Ben,
    this has got nothing to do with politics, it’s about ripping off the British people, just like that PC speaking idiot Ed Balls who happily signed off on so many PFI contracts and that bad tempered Gordon Gekko who sold of most of the gold for $250 p.o – traitors one and all.