THE LOOK OF LOVE: John Major and
Edwina Curry together. For four years they had a
passionate affair. Now she is spilling the
HE MAY HAVE BEEN GREY TO THE
WORLD BUT HE WAS A VERY EXCITING LOVER
verdict on John
TORY John Major, derided
as Britain's most dull and boring politician, turned into an
astonishing superstud when he took lover Edwina Curry to bed.
For four years he treated her to marathon
sex sessions at their lovenest—her flat in London.
And she breathlessly scribbled in her diary:
"He may have been grey to the world, but he was a very
The shock truth about the former Prime
Minister's sexual prowess is detailed in the latest extract
from that diary, published in full in tomorrow's edition of
Ex-MP Edwina also reveals she used a code
when she made notes about the illicit sex, referring to it as
A source revealed: "Edwina rated John very
highly as a lover. He was considerate and very skilled. They
knew how to satisfy each other and did so regularly.
"Although there was a strong intellectual
attraction the physical side of their relationship was just as
"Throughout the diary Edwina refers to their
sexual activities as ‘exercise'. It wasn't entirely misleading
because John's performance certainly helped her fitness."
Edwina also reveals how she and Major would
arrange the times and places of their liaisons during
whispered meetings in the corridors of Westminster.
The source added: "That not a single rumour
of their affair circulated until these diaries were released
shows just how hard they worked to keep it secret."
News of the affair is being greeted with
astonishment. Political observers said it was Westminster's
most unlikely coupling.
Major was mocked on TV's Spitting Image for
wearing his shirts inside his underpants and eating peas with
But Liverpool-born Edwina is seen as
outrageous and brash. She champions freedom for gays and has
written six sexy novels based on personal experiences and her
life in Westminster.
Edwina once insisted that "making a good
political speech was far better than an orgasm".
She has also spoken openly of her sex-life
with her new husband.
Unsurprisingly, she claims SHE seduced Major
to begin their affair, which lasted from 1984 to 1988.
When it started Major was a government whip
and Edwina a backbencher.
It ended shortly after Major joined Margaret
Thatcher's Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
By then Edwina, who now presents Late Night
Currie on Radio 5, was a junior Health Minister. She quit
later in 1988 after she caused a row by saying most of
Britain's eggs carried salmonella.
Edwina, now 55, says she and Major had been
attracted to each other throughout the summer of '84.
In November, after the Tory Party
Conference, he had teased her and upset her. Later he went to
her office and they embraced. They then went back to her
London flat and the affair began. Both were married and both
had two young children. Major had married schoolteacher Norma
Johnson in 1970. Edwina married accountant Ray Currie two
Despite enjoying his part in the
relationship for four years, 59-year-old Major—who is
lecturing in America—yesterday spoke bitterly about the
He said: ""Norma has known of this matter
for many years and has long forgiven me. It is the one event
in my life of which I am most ashamed and I have long feared
it would be made public.".
Amazingly, Edwina told The Times in an
interview that she fell for Major because he was RUTHLESS and
DEVIOUS. She said: "Politicians admire the element of the
devious in each other. It is essential in order for someone to
rise that they have some streak of ruthlessness in their
"And he had it. He had it. He really had
quite a Machiavellian streak about him, and if you're a
politician you admire that.
"And if we used each other a little bit that
was all right, we would recognise that that was a sharing of
experience and knowledge." The secret relationship also throws
new light on Major's reaction to a string of sex and sleaze
scandals which tore his government apart before the Tories
were wiped out in the 1997 election. At first he stood up for
colleagues such as David Mellor—famously exposed for having
sex with actress Antonia de Sancha while wearing a Chelsea
Major's reaction can now be judged in the
light of the skeleton in his own cupboard.
Remembering Major's difficulty in handling
his accident-prone MPs, Edwina said: "Part of the fun was the
thought that there John was sitting in the Whips' Office,
sometimes discussing other people's affairs, and keeping very
quiet about his own. And I loved that feeling."
At the 1993 Tory conference Major launched
his Back To Basics campaign with a call for a return to
old-fashioned morality. By the next year ELEVEN ministers and
aides had quit in a welter of sleaze. Edwina told The Times:
"Back to Basics was absolute humbug, wasn't it? I was at that
party conference and I listened in absolute amazement. If
you're asking me whether I thought that policy was a mistake?
In her interview Edwina several times breaks
down in tears.
She says she continued to love Major until
1997. Asked if he was the love of her life, she replies: "At
that time, yes."
Asked if she still loves him, she replies:
"That's difficult." Then she weeps.
Edwina says she ended the affair because:
"We could not continue without risking discovery."
She sobs too when asked if the affair left
her feeling hurt.
"Much has been very, very hurtful to me."
she says. "And I took it...and I said nothing...the most
hurtful thing is to look at John's autobiography and find that
I wasn't even in the index."Asked by The Times if Norma will
be upset by her revelations she replies: "That's a bit of an
understatement, isn't it?"
But she adds that Norma might be
understanding because: "I loved John and so does she, so we'll
have seen the same things in him.
"She's an admirable lady in her own right.
She's a good, decent woman."
Edwina yesterday faced accusations that she
only wanted to boost sales of her £18.99 diaries.
But she brushed off criticism. "This is the
year 2002, nearly 2003," she says. "The making of a Prime
Minister, it seems to me, is a profoundly significant piece of
knowledge, piece of history.
"And this is part of the story that no one
else has ever been able to think about."
Edwina even claims the affair may have
helped Major become PM.
Major was the son of a trapeze artist whose
garden gnome business later failed. Yet young John rose from
his disadvantaged youth to be a Tory Premier. Edwina says:
"There are lots of people who would like to know how to become
Prime Minister. I don't say you should sleep with your
colleagues, but if you get enough love and support, you might
then be emboldened to have a go. And I think that's exactly
Edwina's ex, Ray, 57, would not come to the
door at the home he shared with her during her time as MP for
Last night Edwina was on holiday at her
second home in France. She is thought to be with John Jones,
61, a retired Met detective she married three years ago. Mr
Jones has been told of the romance.
Lady Archer, the wife of disgraced Tory peer
Lord Archer, told on radio of learning of the affair. She
said: "I am a little surprised, not at Mrs Currie's
indiscretion but at a temp-orary lapse in John Major's taste."