Lord Lambton of 1973 Scandal Dies at 84

The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 2, 2007; 12:37 PM

LONDON -- Lord Lambton, a former junior defense minister who resigned after he was photographed smoking marijuana in bed with two prostitutes, has died at his Italian home. He was 84.

Anthony Lambton, who died Saturday, served as undersecretary for defense for the Royal Air Force from 1970 until 1973. The cause of death was not given.

He was one of two ministers who resigned from former Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath's government because of scandals involving prostitutes. The other was Lord Jellicoe, leader of the House of Lords.

Lambton's scandal in 1973 shocked the government. He was brought down after photos of him in bed with the prostitutes were passed to the Sunday tabloid News of the World.

After an investigation, he was denied access to secret material out of fear that he could be blackmailed.

He resigned and moved to Tuscany, where he bought Villa Cetinale, a 400-year-old estate.

He inherited the Earldom of Durham after his father died in 1970, but Lambton renounced it so he could continue as a member of Parliament. However, he continued to insist on being addressed as Lord Lambton.

He was married to Belinda Blew Jones, who died three years ago. They had five children.

Charles Walker, an agent for Lambton's daughter, Lucinda, said a private funeral was being held Tuesday. Neighbors said the body would be cremated in Siena.

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