Cecil Parkinson, who held senior posts in the British government under Margaret Thatcher until forced to resign amid a sex scandal, has died. He was 84.

Parkinson's family said he died Friday says after a long battle with cancer.

Parkinson served former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a number of senior positions. He managed the Conservative Party's successful 1983 election campaign.

He was made Secretary of State for Trade and Industry but stepped down after it was revealed that he had got his former secretary pregnant.

Parkinson served in the House of Lords until his retirement last year.