Cecil Parkinson

Cecil Edward Parkinson, Baron Parkinson, PC[1] (1 September 1931 – 22 January 2016) was a British Conservative politician and cabinet minister. A chartered accountant by training, he entered Parliament in November 1970, and was appointed a minister in Margaret Thatcher's first government in May 1979. 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.[2]


The Lord Parkinson

Parkinson during an interview at 10 Downing Street, a week after his retirement from the House of Lords
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
11 June 1997  1 June 1998
LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byBrian Mawhinney
Succeeded byMichael Ancram
In office
14 September 1981  11 June 1983
LeaderMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byThe Lord Thorneycroft
Succeeded byJohn Gummer
Secretary of State for Transport
In office
24 July 1989  28 November 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byPaul Channon
Succeeded byMalcolm Rifkind
Secretary of State for Energy
In office
13 June 1987  24 July 1989
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byPeter Walker
Succeeded byJohn Wakeham
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
In office
12 June 1983  14 October 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded by
Succeeded byNorman Tebbit
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
6 April 1982  11 June 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byThe Baroness Young
Succeeded byThe Lord Cockfield
Paymaster General
In office
14 September 1981  11 June 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byFrancis Pym
Succeeded byJohn Gummer
Member of Parliament
for Hertsmere
South Hertfordshire (1974-1983)
Enfield West (1970-1974)
In office
20 November 1970  16 March 1992
Preceded byIain Macleod
Succeeded byJames Clappison
Personal details
Born(1931-09-01)1 September 1931
Carnforth, Lancashire, England
Died22 January 2016(2016-01-22) (aged 84)
Marylebone, London, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Anne Jarvis
(m. 1957)
Children4
Alma materEmmanuel College, Cambridge

Parkinson subsequently served as Secretary of State for Energy, and later Secretary of State for Transport. He resigned that office in 1990, on the same day that Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister. He was created Baron Parkinson in 1992, and served in the House of Lords until his retirement in September 2015.[3][4]