The man at the centre of one of the most sensational political scandals of the 20th. century, John Profumo, has died at the age of 91. In 1963 Profumo was Britain’s War minister at the height of the cold war, and a rising star of the Harold MacMillan Conservative government. In March of that year he made a statement in parliament denying he was having a relationship with call girl Christine Keeler, who he had met at a sex party organised by society osteopath Stephen Ward. In June he resigned, after admitting he had lied, and after it emerged Keeler had also been sleeping with a Soviet intelligence officer at the Russian embassy in London.