Who is Jeffrey Archer?
Jeffrey Howard Archer is also known as the Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare.
He is an English novelist, life peer, convicted criminal, and former politician.
Archer was born in London on April 15, 1940, and later won a scholarship to Wellington School in Somerset.
He was accepted to the University of Oxford to study education in 1963.
Archer began his political career after graduating from Oxford, serving as a Conservative councillor on the Greater London Council from 1967 to 1970.
Archer was the MP for Louth in Lincolnshire from 1969 to 1974, but resigned after a financial scandal nearly bankrupted him.
In the 1980s he became the Tories’ deputy chairman before resigning after the Daily Star accused him of paying a prostitute £2,000.
He later won a court case and was awarded large damages because of this claim.
In 1999, he resigned his candidacy in the London Mayor election after it emerged that he had lied about his 1987 libel case.
Why did Jeffrey Archer go to prison?
Archer was sentenced to four years in prison on July 19, 2001.
He was found guilty of three counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of perjury in a 1987 libel case involving allegations that he had sex with a prostitute.
He was found not guilty of one count of perjury.
Archer was accused of lying and fabricating false diaries in order to win £500,000 in libel damages from the Daily Star newspaper in 1987. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
He sued the tabloid after it claimed he paid a prostitute, Ms Monica Coghlan, for sex in September 1986.
The prosecution claimed he fabricated two diaries he presented during the libel trial to support his alibi that he was elsewhere on the night in question.
Archer was imprisoned in a variety of locations, including HM Prison Belmarsh, HM Prison Wayland, HM Prison North Sea Camp, and HM Prison Hollesley Bay.
On July 22, 2003, he was released from prison after serving two years of his four-year sentence.
Where is Jeffrey Archer now?
The perjury case ended Archer’s political career and embarrassed the Conservative Party.
The millionaire has since tried to repair his reputation.
Friends said at the time of his release that Archer would rather campaign for prison reform and resume writing than return to politics.
“I don’t think he has a political life ahead of him, but he doesn’t need one,” his friend Gyles Brandreth told the Independent.
“He can be a very successful and popular novelist.”