Profumo affair's Christine Keeler has passed away aged 75

Henrietta Brewer
December 6, 2017

The Longford based son of Christine Keeler, the former model at the centre of the Profumo affair that shook British politics in the 1960s, has paid a glowing tribute to his mother in the wake of her death earlier this week.

Keeler's son, Seymour Platt, told The Guardian newspaper she had died on Tuesday night December 5 after suffering for months from a form of lung disease.

Then a young model, she played a central role in a tale of sex and spying which led to War Secretary John Profumo having to quit his position.

He was elected for Stratford-on-Avon, covering Alcester, Bidford and Studley, at the general election in February 1950.

In an emotional post on Facebook, Mr Platt said the decorated model would be forever remembered as someone who stood up and fought for what she believed in.

She had been ill for several months, and suffered from the lung disease COPD.

In later years, Keeler married twice and had two sons and granddaughter.

Stephen Ward, an osteopath, introduced society girl Keeler to Profumo in 1961, sparking an affair between the pair. After their relationship was exposed, Profumo initially claimed that there was no impropriety involved but eventually had to admit the truth and resign from the government and give up his seat in Parliament.

"I think what happened to her back in the day was quite damaging".

However, Keeler was rumoured to be having an affair with a Soviet diplomat at the same time, raising fears of an intelligence leak as it was the height of the cold war.

Eventually, after more newspaper stories emerged, he admitted lying to the house, and resigned from the cabinet and the Commons.

The explosive scandal saw the downfall of the Conservative government, headed by Harold Macmillan.

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