How the Profumo scandal unfolded

December 06, 2017

Christine Keeler, who has died aged 75, struggled to overcome the notoriety of the Profumo scandal.

Christine Keeler's fling with John Profumo created a political scandal that brough down a government. Here is a timeline of events:

- January 30 1915: John Profumo is born to a privileged background in Kensington, London.

- March 3 1940: Profumo is elected MP for Kettering.

- February 22 1942: Christine Keeler is born to a modest background in Uxbridge, Middlesex.

- July 1960: Profumo rises through Tory ranks and is appointed Secretary of State for War.

- July 8 1961: Keeler catches Profumo's eye at the outdoor swimming pool of Lord Astor's estate in Buckinghamshire where she is staying in a cottage in the grounds with her friend Dr Stephen Ward. She and Profumo have a brief affair. Keeler is also involved with Commander Eugene Ivanov, a Russian intelligence officer and the Soviet assistant naval attache in London.

- December 1962: Another of Keeler's lovers, Johnny Edgecombe, fires shots at Stephen Ward's flat in London, after Keeler refuses to talk to him. Rumours begin to circulate about Keeler and Profumo.

- March 22 1963: Profumo delivers a personal statement to MPs denying any ''impropriety whatever'' in his relationship with Christine Keeler. Downing Street describes the matter as closed.

- June 5, 1963: Profumo resigns after admitting he misled the House of Commons about his relationship with Christine Keeler.

- October 19 1963: Prime Minister Harold Macmillan resigns.

- October 15 1964: Labour defeats the Conservatives in a general election.

- March 9 2006: John Profumo dies in London, having never spoken about the scandal which ended his political career.

- December 4 2017: Christine Keeler dies at Princess Royal University Hospital, near Farnborough after struggling to escape the notoriety of the 1960s. Her son says she paid a "huge personal price" for her place in British history.

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