Earl Jellicoe, Leader of the House of Lords and a senior member of the Conservative Government, resigned in London, U.
Earl Jellicoe, Leader of the House of Lords and a senior member of the Conservative Government, resigned in London, U.K., on Thursday (24 May). In a letter to Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath, he admitted to what he termed 'casual affaire' with prostitutes, which made further government service impossible.
On the previous day, Lord Lambton, Defence Under-Secretary for the Royal Air Force, had resigned for the same reason. He has also been summonsed for alleged drug offences.
Mr. Heath assured members of Parliament there was no evidence of other Ministers being involved or of national security being endangered.
SYNOPSIS: Earl Jollicoe, Leader of Britain's House of Lords and a senior member of the Conservative Government, resigned on Thursday in London, after admitting to casual relationships with prostitutes.
On the previous day Prime Minister Edward Heath accepted the resignation of Lord Lambton, Defence Under-Secretary for the Royal Air Force, for the same reasons. Mr. Heath assured Parliament there was no evidence of national security being endangered.
Callers were informed that Lord Jellicoe was not at his London home. He had frequently been abroad on recent Government business in European Common Market countries.
Lord Lambton, who has also been summonsed for alleged drug offences, has left London for his estates in the north.
Lord Lambton was photographed in bed at the home of a prostitute. Attempts were made to sell the photographs to newspapers, but there was no attempt at blackmail.
Lord Jellicos started his government career just over twelve years ago. He had been a Junior Minister at the Ministry of housing and recently held responsibility for the Civil Service.
Lord Jellicos, whose father was one of the most distinguished Admirals of the First World War, gained medals for bravery in Greece and the Middle East in the Second World War.
He was first Lord of the Admiralty from 1962 to 1963. In recent years he has been one of Mr. Heath's closest colleagues and carried out many important political commissions.