Cecil Parkinson

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Person.png Cecil Parkinson  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Lord Parkinson 2015.png
Born1 September 1931
Carnforth, United Kingdom
Died22 January 2016 (Age 84)
Alma materEmmanuel College (Cambridge)
SpouseAnne Jarvis
Member ofKönigswinter/Speakers
British Conservative politician and cabinet minister. Tagged for high positions, but forced to resign after revelations that his former secretary was pregnant with his child.

Employment.png Chairman of the Conservative Party Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
11 June 1997 - 1 June 1998

Employment.png Chairman of the Conservative Party Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
14 September 1981 - 11 June 1983
Preceded byPeter Thorneycroft
Later attended the 1989 Bilderberg conference

Employment.png Secretary of State for Transport Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
24 July 1989 - 28 November 1990
Preceded byPaul Channon
Succeeded byMalcolm Rifkind

Employment.png Secretary of State for Energy

In office
13 June 1987 - 24 July 1989

Employment.png Secretary of State for Trade and Industry link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_for_Business, _Energy_and_Industrial_Strategy

In office
12 June 1983 - 14 October 1983

Employment.png Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
6 April 1982 - 11 June 1983
Succeeded byArthur Cockfield

Employment.png UK/Paymaster General Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
14 September 1981 - 11 June 1983
Preceded byFrancis Pym

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Hertsmere

In office
9 June 1983 - 9 April 1992

Employment.png Member of Parliament for South Hertfordshire

In office
28 February 1974 - 9 June 1983

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Enfield West

In office
19 November 1970 - 28 February 1974

Cecil Edward Parkinson, Baron Parkinson was a British Conservative politician and cabinet minister. He successfully managed the Conservative Party's 1983 election campaign, and was rewarded with an appointment as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, but was forced to resign after revelations that his former secretary, Sara Keays, was pregnant with his child, whom she later bore and named Flora Keays.[1]

He attended the 1989 Bilderberg conference, before becoming Secretary of State for Transport.


Cecil Parkinson was a chartered accountant by training.


After four years on the back benches, he was appointed Secretary of State for Energy in 1987 (having been tipped as a potential Chancellor of the Exchequer), and for Transport in July 1989, 7 months after of the downing of Pan Am Flight 103.


Parkinson was forced to resign on 14 October 1983 after it was revealed that his former secretary, Sara Keays, was carrying his child, Flora Keays. Subsequently, as a result of a dispute over child maintenance payments, Parkinson (with Keays' initial consent) was able to gain an injunction in 1993 forbidding the UK commercially-controlled media from making any reference to their daughter. Flora Keays has learning difficulties and Asperger syndrome and also underwent an operation to remove a brain tumour when she was four, although it is unknown if this either caused or complicated her condition. This court order was the subject of some controversy until Flora Keays reached her majority at the end of 2001, when the court order expired. Upon Flora turning 18, it was noted in the press that Parkinson had never met his child and presumably had no intention of doing so. While he had contributed money to Flora's education and upkeep, it was noted pointed out that he had not even sent her a birthday card and that her Sara Keays assumed that Flora would never receive one.[2]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
La Toja Island
37th Bilderberg meeting, 110 guests


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