Who is Geoffrey Archer and why is he in prison?

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    Lord Geoffrey Archer was a former politician

    JEFFREY Archer is an English best-selling author and former politician whose political career ended with a conviction and prison sentence in 2001.

    The ex-deputy was appointed deputy chairman Conservative Party by Margaret Thatcher in 1985.

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    Who is Geoffrey Archer?

    Geoffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare is an English writer, life peer, convicted felon and former politician.

    He was born in London on 15 April 1940 and later won a scholarship to attend Wellington School in Somerset.

    In 1963 he won a place to study education at Oxford University.

    After leaving Oxford, Archer began a career in politics, serving as a Conservative councilor on the Greater London Council from 1967 to 1970.

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    Archer was a Member of Parliament from 1969 to 1974, but resigned after a financial scandal that left him bankrupt.

    He became Tory deputy leader in the 1980s before resigning after the Daily Star accused him of paying a prostitute £2,000.

    He later won a lawsuit and received a large compensation for this claim.

    In 1999, he withdrew his candidacy for Mayor of London after it was revealed that he had lied about his 1987 defamation case.

    Why did Geoffrey Archer go to prison?

    On July 19, 2001, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison.

    He was convicted of three counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of perjury in a 1987 defamation case involving allegations of sex with a prostitute.

    He was acquitted of one count of perjury.

    Archer, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, was accused of lying and creating fake diaries to obtain £500,000 in defamation damages from the Daily Star newspaper in 1987.

    He took the tabloid to court after it claimed he paid a prostitute Ms Monica Coghlanfor sex in September 1986.

    Prosecutors said he falsified two diaries he submitted during a libel trial to support his alibi, which claimed he was somewhere else that night.

    Throughout his time in prison, Archer spent time in various places, including Y.M. Belmarsh Prison, Y.M. Wayland, Jail Y.M. Prisons in the North Sea and the prison of Ya.Ml. Holsley Bay.

    He was released from prison on July 22, 2003, having served two years of a four-year sentence.

    What are the names of Geoffrey Archer’s books?

    Archer has become one of the world’s best-selling authors and has sold more than 275 million copies of his books.

    He used his time in prison to write three volumes of prison diaries that sold well under the titles Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.

    Archer has also written a number of books, including TV series, children’s books, plays and short stories.

    His top ten books include:

    • Kane and Abel
    • Only time will tell
    • Sins of the Father
    • The best kept secret
    • Be careful what you wish for
    • The hour is coming
    • It was a man
    • Not a penny more, not a penny less
    • Prisoner of birth
    • Shall we tell the president

    Where is Geoffrey Archer now?

    The perjury case ruined Archer’s political career and embarrassed the Conservative Party.

    Since then, the 82-year-old millionaire has tried to restore his reputation.

    His friends said at the time of his release from prison that Archer would campaign for prison reform and resume writing rather than return to politics.

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    “I don’t think he has a political life ahead of him, but he doesn’t need one,” his friend Giles Brandreth told the Independent.

    “He could be a very successful and popular novelist.”

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