Saturday, 14 September 2013
QUEEN OF THE CASTLE
Queen of the castle
Last updated at 00:00 04 March 2004
WHAT HAPPENS to disgraced politicians? Some devote their lives to charity (John Profumo) others become bornagain Christians (Jonathan Aitken) and still more become absurd pantomime characters (Neil Hamilton).
Others disappear only to emerge in the most unlikely places. Step forward Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP for Billericay who resigned following a scandal that involved rent boys and spanking.
Forced to quit his seat, Proctor spent a year on the dole. He was last heard of running a shirt shop, in which he hung a sign reading 'Shirtlifters Will Not Be Prosecuted', and which was backed to the tune of Pounds 75,000 by a host of ministers, including then deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine. But Proctor's, as the emporium was called, closed some years ago and its owner vanished.
Until now, that is. I can reveal that Harvey (pictured in his shopkeeper's garb), now 58, is manager of the Duke of Rutland's ancestral seat, Belvoir (pronounced Beaver) Castle, and lives in a large country house in the grounds of the 18,000-acre estate near Grantham, Lincolnshire.
The 365-room castle is hired out for corporate entertaining, private parties and concerts. It has also been used as a backdrop for TV and Hollywood films - Catherine Zeta-Jones filmed The Haunting there.
Proctor, meanwhile, is living with his long-time and amusing partner art dealer, Terry Woods.
'We've been here for over a year,' Terry tells me. 'Harvey is busy at the castle, he is always busy, busy.
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