Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Why Archer Ended Six-Year Affair'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Why Archer Ended Six-Year Affair'

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

LORD ARCHER'S mistress today told the Old Bailey of their six-year affair which "fizzled out" when he wanted to become a senior figure in the Tory Party.

Andrina Colquhoun, now married with a son, said Archer "thought it would be better if he tidied up his personal life" before he became deputy party chairman.

She admitted she would stay overnight at his flat on the Embankment overlooking the Thames.

But she categorically denied that she had been dining with Archer on the night he had been accused of having sex with prostitute Monica Coghlan. She produced her diaries and passport to prove she had been on a Greek island.

Ms Colquhoun, now Mrs Robert Waddington, also said she did not recall Angela Peppiatt, Archer's senior secretary between 1985 and 1987, buying her designer gifts from Archer paid for on her personal credit card.

Mrs Waddington, 48, told the jury she had acted as his personal assistant for two years from October 1982.

She told David Waters QC, prosecuting, that she and Archer had started a relationship in 1979. But when she stopped working for Archer in November 1984, "it gradually faded away because of his burning political ambitions".

The court heard this afternoon that Archer asked TV producer Ted Francis to provide a false alibi to save his marriage to Mary.

In interviews with police Francis said the millionaire had taken him to dinner at the Sambuca restaurant in Chelsea in January 1987 and told him he had a problem with Andi (Andrina).

Francis asked him if Mary was thinking of a divorce and he replied: "It might come to that."

The court heard that Archer claimed he had told "Mary, and I think he said Margaret Thatcher", that he had given up his mistress but that on 9 Septem-

ber 1986 he had had dinner with her.

As a result Francis agreed to write a letter to Archer's solicitor Lord Mishcon claiming the pair had dined together that night but told the author: "If it goes to a divorce don't count on me to back you up because I won't go to court", the jury heard. …

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