Sunday, December 31, 2006

Lord Lambton Dies

Lord Lambton, a former Conservative defence minister who resigned after he was photographed smoking cannabis in bed with two prostitutes, has died at the age of 84. Anthony Lambton was one of two ministers who resigned from Ted Heath's government as a result of sex scandals involving prostitutes. The other was the Leader of the House of Lords Lord Jellicoe. He was forced to resign after pictures of him in bed with the call girls were published in the News of the World. Following an investigation by the security services, he was denied access to secret material because of fears that he was vulnerable to blackmail.

In an interview with Sir Robin Day after he was exposed he was was asked why he used call girls. He said: "I think that people sometimes like variety. I think it's as simple as that and I think that impulse is probably understood by almost everybody. Don't you?"

After his resignation Lambton moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He was married to Belinda Blew Jones, who died three years ago. They are survived by five children.

22 comments:

Michael Hoskin said...

Lambton's alleged response to his shenanigans being exposed was: "Surely all men patronize whores?"

Anonymous said...

What on earth is wrong with smoking cannabis and being in bed with two prostitutes? It sound like a good way to go too me. I wonder if Dave is having a snorting good laugh at how times change and people's attitudes also change.

james higham said...

No doubt the girls felt 'the Lord will provide'. Have a happy New Year, Iain.

Anonymous said...

"I think that people sometimes like variety. I think it's as simple as that and I think that impulse is probably understood by almost everybody. Don't you?"

Seems reasonable.

Hally New Year to one and all.

Charlotte Corday said...

Perhaps as a tribute to Lord Lambton we could all see the Old Year out and New Year in with a bang? I'm sure he would have appreciated that.

Happy New Year, Iain, and fellow bloggers.

BJ said...

God, government ministers are so boring these days, aren't they?

Not for Lord Lambton the quick knee-trembler with the secretary while the office door is open.

Happy new year, Iain. As one of many new readers you've picked up during 2006, can I urge you to keep up the good work?

Fib Dem said...

These Lords were in the wrong party, they should have been Lib Dems!

Anonymous said...

Sorry it should have read Happy.

and I've only downed one vodka and tonic.

Margorie said...

Jailhouselawyer: "It sound like a good way to go too me"

Good spelling, Hirst!!!

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

Was he Lucinda Lampton's dad? (She of the breathlessly enthusiastic television programmes about lavatories, follies and eccentric buildings.)

paul damask said...

"What on earth is wrong with ... being in bed with two prostitutes?"

The answer, dear jailhouselawyer, is God's laws. (And God and God's laws are not done away with by one's saying one doesn't believe in Him.)

Paul Damask said...

"What on earth is wrong with ... being in bed with two prostitutes?"

The answer, dear jailhouselawyer, is God's laws. (And God and God's laws are not done away with by one's saying one doesn't believe in Him.)

Understand that I'm simply talking about the objective position and saying nothing at all about how Lambton as an individual stood at the time of his death. In the nature of things, I don't know and can't know, about that. But the death of a human being deserves (if I may say so)a tad more respect than is shown by some of the flippant and cynical comments on this blog. Maybe it's the hangovers from last night.

Voyager said...

Hopefully he won't get a Telegraph Obit as strangely suggestive as that for his wife............see last paragraph

Obit

jamie oliver is a knob allegedly said...

"He said: "I think that people sometimes like variety. I think it's as simple as that and I think that impulse is probably understood by almost everybody. Don't you?"

Ummm yeah, I'll tell the missus that next time I get caught out by a tabloid smoking weed with two prostitutes!

Anonymous said...

Typical bloody hypocritical Tory.

Reminds me of Lord Archole

billy said...

He resigned?
How terribly old politics.


Anonymous said...
Typical bloody hypocritical Tory.

I'll remind you of John Stonehouse.

Anonymous said...

Him living so ong is hardly going to help hazel blears to persuade the yoof of today against a life of excess and debauchery, is it? Similar for Charlie Drake.

Anonymous said...

""I think that people sometimes like variety. I think it's as simple as that and I think that impulse is probably understood by almost everybody."

The Tories' only hope of winning a General Election?

Frank Lee Speaking said...

I have no hesitation in saying something nice about Lord Lambton. I have fond memories of listening to him as part of the first ever Brighton festival (of the arts), probably in 1966 or 1967. On this occasion he faced Clement Freud in debating the motion that "Civilization begins at Watford". The debate was obviously intended to entertain rather than inform. What made it certain to succeed in this was that, unusually for opponents, they both spoke in favour of the motion; but they did so from opposite sides of Watford.

Londoner said...

Trumpeter Landfried - yes he was Lucinda L.'s father, as has been mentioned elsewhere.

When one reads the Obit of his wife three years ago, for which there is a link higher up in these comments, the fact that she had crippled herself might go some way towards explaining his extracurricular activities. I can't really condone the drugs though, personally - that was a bad example as there are others to whom the "example" might have done harm (although seemingly not to him).

It's endearing that in another age a Govt Minister should have written a personal cheque to a prostitute and presumably not thought it risky!!

Anonymous said...

Leave my Lambton alone!

Anonymous said...

Speak as you - find he was a gentleman with a great sense of humour and will be sorely missed.