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Profumo, John Dennis

John Dennis Profumo, 1915–2006, British politician. After studying at Harrow and Oxford, he entered Parliament as a Conservative member in 1940 and left in 1945 for an appointment as chief of staff in Japan. Returning to Parliament in 1950, he held several posts, becoming (1960) Harold Macmillan's secretary of state for war. He resigned from the cabinet in 1963 after lying to the House of Commons about his affair with teen-age prostitute Christine Keeler, who was also involved with a Soviet naval attaché. Thereafter dedicating himself to philanthropy, he was named Commander of the British Empire in 1975 for his charitable work.

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Profumo affair, the events surrounding the resignation of the British Conservative politician John Profumo (1915– ), British Conservative politician, as Secretary of State for War. In 1963 news broke of his relationship with the mistress of a Soviet diplomat, Christine Keeler, raising fears of a security breach. He resigned after it became apparent that his formal denial of the relationship to the House of Commons could not stand.

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Profumo, John Dennis (1915– ) British politician. Profumo became a Conservative member of Parliament in 1940. In 1960, he joined Harold Macmillan as secretary of war. In 1963, Profumo was forced to resign after lying to the House of Commons about his affair with Christine Keeler, a call-girl who was also involved with a Soviet naval attaché.

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