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April 1940: Jef­frey Howard Archer born in Som­er­set, UK. Septem­ber 1951: Archer at­tends Welling­ton School in Som­er­set. Oc­to­ber 1963: Archer claims to have been a stu­dent at Ox­ford Univer­sity but ac­cord­ing to his unau­tho­rised bi­og­ra­pher, Michael Crick, he was ac­tu­ally at the less ex­clu­sive Ox­ford Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. May 1964: Archer wins an Ox­ford Blue run­ning for the univer­sity ath­let­ics club and goes on to rep­re­sent Eng­land and Great Bri­tain. July 1966: Archer mar­ries Mary Wee­den. April 1967: En­ters pol­i­tics with a seat on Greater Lon­don Coun­cil. De­cem­ber 1969: Wins a by­elec­tion for the Tories in Louth, Lin­colnshire and, at 29, be­comes Bri­tain’s fourth youngest MP. 1974: Re­signs from Par­lia­ment when fac­ing bank­ruptcy af­ter Aquablast, a fraud­u­lent Cana­dian clean­ing firm in which he had in­vested his life sav­ings, goes bust. April 1976: Archer re-en­ters pub­lic life with the pub­li­ca­tion

of Not a Penny More, Not a

Penny Less. The book is not ap­pre­ci­ated by the crit­ics, but sells well, as do his other nov­els. He goes on to make a for­tune with other ti­tles. Septem­ber 1985: Ap­pointed deputy chair­man of the Con­ser­va­tive Party. Oc­to­ber 1986: Archer re­signs af­ter it is re­ported he paid £ 2000 to a pros­ti­tute. July 1987: He suc­cess­fully sues the Daily Star and is awarded £ 500,000. June 1992: Re­ceives a peer­age from John Ma­jor in recog­ni­tion of his fundrais­ing work for dis­placed Kurds. His ti­tle: Lord Archer of We­ston­super-Mare. Oc­to­ber 1999: Archer wins the Tory can­di­dacy for Lon­don’s Lord Mayor. Novem­ber 1999: He is forced to stand down af­ter the News

of the World re­ports that he per­suaded a for­mer friend, Ted Fran­cis, to lie to court in the 1987 li­bel trial. April 2000: Archer is ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the al­le­ga­tions Septem­ber 2000: Archer is com­mit­ted to stand trial charged with five counts, in­clud­ing per­jury and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice. July 2001: Archer is found guilty of two counts of per­jury and two of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice. Sen­tenced to four years’ im­pris­on­ment. July 2003: Archer is re­leased on li­cence, af­ter serv­ing half of his sen­tence.

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