Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with Cecil Parkinson
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Cecil Parkinson: The 'charming face of Thatcher's government'

Cecil Parkinson has died aged 84 after what his family said was "a long battle with cancer".

As Conservative Party chairman under Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980s, he played a key role in the Tories' 1983 general election victory.

Lord Parkinson quit the cabinet soon after when it emerged his ex-secretary Sara Keays was carrying his child.

The BBC's James Landale looks back at his life.

  • 25 Jan 2016
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