The Profumo affair was a 1963 British political scandal that originated
with a sexual liaison between John Profumo, the Secretary of State for
War in Harold Macmillan's government, and Christine Keeler, a 19-year-
old would-be model. Profumo originally denied any impropriety, but in
June 1963 admitted the truth and resigned from parliament in disgrace.
Concern was heightened by Keeler's alleged simultaneous involvement with
Yevgeny Ivanov, a suspected Soviet spy. Keeler knew both Profumo and
Ivanov through her mentor, Stephen Ward, an osteopath and socialite.
After the scandal broke, Ward's private life was investigated, and he
was convicted of immorality offences. He took a fatal overdose during
the final stages of his trial, which has since been perceived as an act
of Establishment revenge, rather than as serving justice. In January
2014 the case was under review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Profumo redeemed himself by a long period as a volunteer worker in
London's East End; he died, honoured and respected, in 2006. The
repercussions of the affair contributed to Macmillan's resignation in
October 1963, and to the Conservative Party's defeat in the 1964 general
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