Disgraced ex Tory minister Jonathan Aitken set to become CofE deacon

Disgraced former Tory minister Jonathan Aitken is to set to become a Church of England deacon and volunteer as a prison chaplain

  •  Mr Aitken was jailed in 1999 for lying on oath in a libel case against The Guardian
  • He sued after it said he let Saudi royals pay his £1,000 hotel bill at the Paris Ritz
  • Mr Aitken, 75, became an active Christian while serving seven months in jail and after his release he studied theology

Disgraced Tory politician Jonathan Aitken is to become a Church of England deacon and volunteer as a prison chaplain.

Mr Aitken was jailed in 1999 for lying on oath in a libel case against The Guardian. 

The ex-Cabinet minister sued the newspaper after it said he allowed aides of the Saudi royal family to pay his £1,000 hotel bill at the Paris Ritz in September 1993, but it produced evidence that showed he was lying.

Mr Aitken, pictured, was jailed in 1999 for lying on oath in a libel case against The Guardian

Mr Aitken, 75, became an active Christian while serving seven months in jail. After his release he studied theology.

Mr Aitken said he will work in prisons around London. ‘I feel I’ve got the energy for it and, above all, I’ve got the calling for it,’ he told The Sunday Times.

He will be ordained as a deacon – the first step towards becoming a priest – by the new Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Sarah Mullally, later this month.

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