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He entered Parliament in 1970 and was appointed a minister in 1979. In 1983, he became Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, but was forced to resign after revelations that his former secretary, Sara Keays, was pregnant with his child, which she later bore and named Flora Keays.
Parkinson later served as Secretary of State for Energy, and later Transport. He resigned that office in 1990, on the same day that Margaret Thatcher resigned. He was created Baron Parkinson in 1992 and served in the House of Lords until his retirement in September 2015.
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- "The only promise Cecil Parkinson ever kept - never to see his daughter". The Daily Telegraph. London. 6 January 2002. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "Tory peer Cecil Parkinson retires from House of Lords". The Guardian. Press Association. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
- "Lord Cecil Parkinson dies aged 84". Sky News. Retrieved 25 January 2016.