Search Search. Menu Sections. W ith a new BBC adaptation to re-examine this true story of sexual relations, lies and espionage, Donal Lynch looks back on the extraordinary life of Christine Keeler, the former model at the centre of the drama. The photo, which is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, is one of the most iconic of the Sixties. There is Christine Keeler, naked and incandescent with sexual power, her modesty barely concealed by a fake designer chair. B y the time the picture was taken her simultaneous affairs with John Profumo, the British war minister, and Yevgeny Ivanov, a Soviet naval attache, had put her at the centre of Cold War politics. Spied on by the FBI, nicknamed "Bowtie" by MI5, she had all but fired the starting gun for the sexual revolution in Britain, and in doing so had brought down Harold Macmillan's government.
'Sex on family sofa'
The Health Secretary, 42, was caught smooching his millionaire aide — but his explosive affair is just one of many even more shocking political sex scandals. In a brief statement, the married dad-of-three apologised for having "broken social distancing guidance" while responsible for the country's response to the pandemic. Critics have made renewed calls for Boris Johnson to sack Hancock in the wake of the scandal. But the Prime Minister is also no stranger to salacious stories about his private life coming out while in public office. Here are some the bombshell sex scandals that've rocked Westminster — from secret flings to sordid sexts. John Major spoke of taking politics "back to basics" with traditional values in the s — but revelations of sex and sleaze kept oozing out of his party. Milligan's body was naked apart from a pair of tights and a bin-liner over his head with an orange segment in his mouth — the death was found to be a sex accident gone wrong. But perhaps the biggest sex scandal involving Major was the one that he was personally responsible for.
Secret gay affair, murder conspiracy and a dead dog
The Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal consisted of the organised child sexual abuse that occurred in the town of Rotherham , South Yorkshire , Northern England from the late s until the s and the failure of local authorities to act on reports of the abuse throughout most of that period. The first group conviction took place in , when five British-Pakistani men were convicted of sexual offences against girls aged 12— The Times articles, along with the trial of the Rochdale child sex abuse ring , prompted the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee to conduct hearings. In August the Jay report concluded that an estimated 1, children,  had been sexually abused in Rotherham between and by predominantly British-Pakistani men Kurdish and Kosovar men were also involved. The failure to address the abuse was attributed to a combination of factors revolving around race , class and gender —contemptuous and sexist attitudes toward the mostly working-class victims; lack of a child-centred focus; a desire to protect the town's reputation; and lack of training and resources. Rotherham Council's chief executive, its director of children's services, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire Police all resigned.
The Profumo affair was a major scandal in twentieth-century British politics. Profumo denied the affair in a statement to the House of Commons , but weeks later a police investigation exposed the truth, proving that Profumo had lied to the House of Commons. Ultimately, the fallout contributed to the Conservative government's defeat by the Labour Party in the general election. Keeler knew both Profumo and Ivanov through her friendship with Stephen Ward , an osteopath and socialite who had taken her under his wing. The exposure of the affair generated rumours of other scandals and drew official attention to the activities of Ward, who was charged with a series of immorality offences. Perceiving himself as a scapegoat for the misdeeds of others, Ward took a fatal overdose during the final stages of his trial, which found him guilty of living off the immoral earnings of Keeler and her friend Mandy Rice-Davies.