Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Duke Drops His Drawbridge for Harvey Proctor; THE LONDONER'S DIARY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Duke Drops His Drawbridge for Harvey Proctor; THE LONDONER'S DIARY

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"FROM cottages to castles" used to be the catchline of a top-end estate agency.

Now it could apply to Harvey Proctor who, 20 years after stepping down as a Tory MP over his involvement with rent boys, has been appointed to work at one of England's premier stately homes, Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, the seat of the Duke of Rutland.

In 1987 Proctor, then 40, battled to retain the safe Essex seat of Billericay after allegations that he had organised spanking sessions with London rent boys. Despite the support of his constituents, Proctor finally pleaded guilty to the charge and paid a fine of [pounds sterling]1,450.

Proctor went on to set up a chain of luxury shirt shops with financial backing from friends and colleagues, including Michael Heseltine and Jeffrey Archer, called simply Proctor's. But, due to an unpaid VAT bill, Proctor's went into liquidation in 2000. Since then Harvey Proctor has virtually disappeared from public life. …

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