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Sara Keays (pron. "Keys", born 1 June 1947) was the personal secretary of British Conservative politician Cecil Parkinson. The two became lovers, and Keays' public revelation of her pregnancy and of their twelve-year-long affair led to his resignation as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in the government of Margaret Thatcher.
Parkinson was forced to resign on 14 October 1983 after it was revealed that Sara was bearing his child, Flora Keays. Subsequently, as a result of a dispute over child maintenance payments, Parkinson (with Keays' initial consent) was able to gain an injunction in 1993, forbidding the British media from making any reference to their daughter.
At the time of the revelation of Parkinson's relationship with Sara Keays in 1983, Parkinson made much of what he described as the volume of supportive letters which he had received. Keays was attacked by many in the Tory party, such as Edwina Currie, who branded Keays "a cow" for destroying Parkinson's ministerial career. By 2001, however, the media focused more upon Flora and her difficulties than in protecting Parkinson's reputation, so more voices were raised in criticism of Parkinson.
Keays published her own book about the controversy A Question of Judgement in 1985.
Flora Keays (born 3 January 1984 in Merton, Greater London) has learning disabilities and Asperger syndrome, and had an operation to remove a brain tumour when she was four.
The court order was the subject of some controversy until its expiry when Flora Keays turned 18 at the end of 2001. It was noted in the press that Parkinson had never met her and presumably had no intention of doing so. While he had financially assisted with Flora's education and upkeep, it was publicly pointed out that he had never sent her a birthday card and that her mother assumed that Flora could never expect to receive one.
In January 2002, Channel 4 broadcast a documentary film on Sara and Flora Keays. In it Flora said: “I would like to see him. If he loved me, he would want to see me and be in my everyday life... I think my father has behaved very badly towards me. I feel jealous that my mother has known him but I haven’t, and jealous of other people who go on holiday with their fathers, when I don’t.” Sara Keays is shown telling her daughter that her father has never seen her because "he didn't want anything to do with us."
Sara Keays, who was forced to educate her daughter at home, and encouraged her in ballet, gymnastics, horse riding and trampolining, said Lord Parkinson's reappointment by William Hague as Tory party chairman caused the youngster problems when she finally secured a place at a secondary school: "It was torture for her. She was bullied, just because somebody thought it was necessary for him to have his job back, basically", she said.
Speaking ahead of the film, Sara Keays angrily denied that she fell pregnant to trap her lover and attacked Downing Street and Conservative Central Office for conducting a "very powerful and all pervasive disinformation campaign" to discredit her at the time.
From the Filth-O-Graph.
The only promise Cecil Parkinson ever kept - never to see his daughter
Flora Keays, whose illegitimate birth forced her father to resign as Trade Secretary, has grown up in a secret world as a result of the court order that he obtained. But all that changed shen she became 18 on New Year's Eve
She was, until six days ago, the young woman who did not exist. Excised from school photographs, barred from class theatrical productions and left off the list of scholastic achievements displayed on her college noticeboard, Flora Keays has been forced, by law, to remain invisible. Until now, writes Olga Craig.
On New Year's Eve, Flora turned 18 and was, for the first time in her life, given a voice. Her first public words have made poignant reading.
Of Cecil Parkinson, the father she has never met, she said sadly: "I would like to see him. If he loved me, he would want to see me and be in my everyday life." Of her hopes for a relationship with him, her requests have been modest: "I would like to go to the cinema with him and have some fun."
Yet it is only now that Flora, who was left with severe disabilities after an operation to remove a brain tumour 14 years ago and also has Asperger's syndrome - a form of autism - has been able to express her wishes.
The illegitimate daughter of Lord Parkinson, the former Tory party chairman once feted as a future Prime Minister and forced to resign as Trade Secretary when Sara Keays, his secretary and mistress, announced her pregnancy, Flora has been the subject of a court order which has silenced her.
But now, with its expiry, she is free to talk of her life. So, too, is her mother.
Sara Keays's story - her clandestine, 12-year-affair with a government minister; her refusal to fade into the background after making her pregnancy public; her struggle to support her disabled daughter and her dogged battle to win financial support from her former lover - has been the subject of speculation and intrigue for the past 18 years.
The court orders have meant that little has been known of the mother and daughter, save that Flora's birth was one of the biggest Westminster scandals of its generation - throwing the married father of three into disgrace and threatening to bring down Thatcher's government.
But as Sara contemplates yet another court battle with Parkinson to help pay for the care Flora still needs, she has allowed the world to glimpse what has, until now, been their very private world.
When Flora celebrated her coming of age, she did so with just a trace of hope. As she opened her birthday cards, she knew that there was little chance that, this year, for the first time, her father would acknowledge her birthday.
Even so, she hoped. There was no card and no present.
She said in an interview with the Daily Mail: "Mummy told me not to expect a card but I do feel a bit sad about it. I would like to see him and talk to him."
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 25, 2016
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 25, 2016
1/3 I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cecil Parkinson. He was one of the towering Conservative figures in the 1980s.George Osborne also worked with him when he was party chairman in 1997 and praised him for being “there in our hour of greatest need”.
Only not his daughter's, why would he be?
We cannot know the hearts of others, maybe Parkinsion valued his first family over his second and made a difficult decision . We know, however, that he had proposed to Sara Keays and that after a twelve-year relationship it would be reasonable for her to believe him; we know also that he and his Tory child molesting mates tried any number of dirty tricks to slander the poor women and frighten her to death and we know, most damning of all, that the horrible fucking bastard was able to buy an injunction against his child's existence, Cameron and Osborne's comments - and Hague's behaviour - are another watery shit in Decency's face.