Currently alive, at 78 years of age.
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1940 – Born in the City of London Maternity Hospital on the 15th of April.
1951 – He won a scholarship to Wellington School, in Somerset.
1967 – He also began a career in politics, serving as a councillor on the Greater London Council.
1969 – He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Lincolnshire constituency of Louth, holding the seat for the Conservative Party in a by-election on the 4th of December.
1971 – He employed David Mellor, then needing money for his bar finals, to deal with his correspondence.
1974 – Archer was a victim of a fraudulent investment scheme involving Aquablast, a Canadian company.
– He stood down as an MP at the October general election.
– Archer was succeeded as Conservative MP for Louth by Michael Brotherton, when the constituency was the subject of boundary changes.
1985 – He was made Deputy Chairman of the Conservative party by Margaret Thatcher.
1986 – Archer had to resign because of another scandal in October when the Sunday newspaper The News of the World led on the story "Tory boss Archer pays vice-girl".
1992 – Archer was created a life peer as Baron Archer of Weston super Mare in the County of Somerset by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister John Major.
1994 – In January, Mary Archer, a director of Anglia Television, attended a directors’ meeting at which an impending takeover of Anglia Television by MAI, who owned Meridian Broadcasting, was discussed.
1999-2000 – Archer remained as Honorary President of the Immingham Conservative Party until he withdrew from the Mayor of London.
– Archer had been selected by the Conservative Party as their candidate for the London mayoral election.
– On the 4th of February, Archer was expelled from the Conservative Party for five years.
– On the 26th of September, he was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice during the 1987 libel trial.
2002 – In October, Archer repaid the Daily Star the £500,000 damages he had received in 1987, as well as legal costs of £1 million.
2003 – On the 21st of July, he was released on licence, after serving half of his sentence, from HMP Hollesley Bay, Suffolk.
2004 – He and Lady Archer were invited guests to the Memorial Service for Norris McWhirter at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields on Thursday, 7 October where they were observed sitting in the same pew as former head of the Conservative Monday Club,
2006 – On the 26th of February, on Andrew Marr’s Sunday AM programme, Archer said he had no interest in returning to politics: he would pursue his writing career instead.