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940 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 rity services and government ministers had all acted appropriately. He found Profumo had been guilty of “an indiscretion” but there was no evidence to link members of the government with associated sex scandals such as the “man in the mask”. Denning’s focus instead was on the “utterly immoral” conduct of Stephen Ward. John Profumo, meanwhile, expressed his “deep remorse” to the Prime Minister, the party and his constituents. He left public life and devoted the rest of his life to volunteer work at Toynbee Hall, an establishment in East London supporting the impoverished. He began his work there as a bathroom janitor and eventually became an administrator, a fund raiser, a council member, chairman and finally president of the association. He was recognized for his charitable works in 1975 when he received a Companion of the Order of the British Empire, receiving the honour from Queen Elizabeth. He sat beside Her Majesty at her 75th birthday party. Profumo died at the age of 91 on March 7, 2006 having never spoken again about the scandal that finished his political career in 1963. Christine Keeler, on the other hand, released three autobiographies, all with differing accounts of her involvement in the scandal. Her most recent account claims that she was a spy and that she betrayed her country by providing atomic secrets to the Russians. She also laments that she did not even enjoy the sex with Profumo and that she has had enough of men altogether. She is 75 now and lives a reclusive life in London with her cats. Mandy Rice-Davies released a 45 EP in May 1964 singing “All I Do Is Dream of You” and “You Got What It Takes”. When that failed to take her anywhere, she moved to Israel and opened a string of nightclubs in Tel Aviv called Mandy’s, Mandy’s Candies, and Mandy’s Singing Bamboo. She appeared in the Tom Stoppard play Dirty Linen in 1981 and wrote her autobiography in 1989, the same year that the film Scandal starring John Hurt as Stephen Ward and Ian McKellan as John Profumo was released. Rice- Davies was portrayed by Bridget Fonda and Joanne Whalley played Christine Keeler. In 2013 Rice-Davies was involved in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Stephen Ward which had its West End world premiere at London’s Aldwych Theatre in December of 2014. Ms. Rice-Davies died that same month at the age of 70. Ward’s 1963 conviction was put under review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 2014. However, in July 2017 the Commission confirmed that it had decided not to refer the case to the Court of Appeal. Many feel that Ward was made a scapegoat for the establishment and that, in fact, he may have been employed by MI5 to set honey traps for spies. There are plenty of salacious books on the topic.


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