Cecil Parkinson, the former Conservative Party Chairman, has died at the age of 84. He sat in the House of Commons from 1970 until 1992 and in the House of Lords from 1992 until he retired in 2015.
He was the Conservative MP for Enfield West from 1970 to 1974, for South Hertfordshire from 1974 to 1983 and for Hertsmere from 1983 until 1992.
Parkinson was nearly promoted by Margaret Thatcher to the position of Foreign Secretary in 1983 but there were allegations which deterred her. These came to light later in the same year when it was announced that Sarah Keays, his secretary, was pregnant with his baby. Parkinson resigned from his post as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry although he returned to the Cabinet again in 1987.
Parkinson served as the Paymaster General from 1981 to 1983, as the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in 1983, as the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry from 1987 until 1989 and as the Secretary of State for Transport from 1989 until 1990. He was elevated to the Peerage as Baron Parkinson in 1992. He was also briefly the Conservative Party chairman under William Hague from 1997 until 1998.