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Corrective Party

Lindi St Clair
Born Marian June Akin
(1952-08-11) 11 August 1952 (age 61)
London, England
Occupation Author and Political campaigner (Retired)

Lindi St Clair (born Marian June Akin on 11 August 1953) is an author, leader of the Corrective Party,[1] and campaigner for prostitutes' rights.[2]

Formerly Britain's most famous 20th Century prostitute[3] but now retired and confirmed as a Christian, St Clair achieved recognition when she accused the Inland Revenue in the High Court of England of being "Her Majesty's pimps",[4] and living off immoral earnings, after its classification of prostitution as a trade in a high profile court case.

St Clair stood for election to Parliament 11 times.[5]

Biography

Born in Hackney, London, Lindi St Clair's real name was Marian June Akin. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire, where she went to school and at 14 years old became a beatnik, then a mod, then a rocker and a biker running away from home to London where she associated with the rockers and Hells Angels. She found employment in a few menial jobs before becoming a prostitute on the streets and, not drinking, smoking or taking drugs, was able to save enough money to buy a large freehold Victorian end of terrace house in Earls Court. Here she ran a lavish brothel frequented by British and international politicians and aristocrats as a high profile Madam and dominatrix.

For many years, from the mid seventies until her bankruptcy in 1992 (after the Inland Revenue pursued her for tax evasion),[6][7] St Clair offered sexual services from her own large four-storey house at Eardley Crescent, in Earls Court, London. A very successful professional dominatrix and madam, she once owned a yellow Rolls Royce and had her own yacht [8] which she kept at Bray in Berkshire. In 1991, it emerged St Clair was renting Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont's basement flat in Notting Hill.[9][10] At one time, she claimed that 252 Members of Parliament had been her clients.[11] She has appeared on television and radio on many occasions, including The Ruby Wax Show and The James Whale Show.

Despite being taxed on her earnings, St Clair found when she attempted to register the companies, 'Prostitutes Ltd', 'Hookers Ltd', and 'Lindi St Clair (French Lessons) Ltd' that they were all rejected by the Registrar of Companies, and then 'Lindi St Clair (Personal Services) Ltd' by the Attorney General.[12]

St Clair spelt her surname "St Claire" between 1974 and 1985 and has also used the names Miss Whiplash, Carla Davis and Lily Lavender.[13]

Corrective party

Described as the fastest growing fringe party in 1993, the Corrective party was a radical British political party which campaigned for social justice, civil liberties, animal rights and sexual freedom.[14][15][16][17]

St Clair attempted to become elected to the House of Commons,[11] in eleven by-elections, on one occasion threatening to expose the depraved lives of hundreds of MPs.[18] The Corrective Party shared its election agent with the Monster Raving Loony Party.

In June 1991, she was involved in a controversy when Norman Lamont, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, was investigated for using taxpayers' money to handle the fall-out from press stories concerning Miss Whiplash, who was using a flat he owned (the Treasury contributed £4,700 of the £23,000 bill which had been formally approved by the Head of the Civil Service and the Prime Minister). [19]

Inland Revenue case

She accused the Inland Revenue of trying to live off immoral earnings when they asked her to pay £112,779.92 in back income tax, because they classed prostitution as a trade. Pursued by tax inspector S J Pinkney, her accountant claimed that as a result of the case she made two failed suicide bids.[20] She lost the case claiming, "The tax man is a pimp and the government is a pimp as well".[21]

Religious conversion

On 27 February 2009 it was reported that St Clair had been rescued from her car and flown to hospital after the vehicle left a remote Herefordshire road near Risbury and landed upside down in a stream, trapping her for up to 24 hours.[22] This experience led her to embrace Christianity.[23] On November 15, 2009, having legally reverted to her birth name, she was confirmed by the Bishop of Hereford at Stoke Lacy church in Herefordshire.

Bibliography

  • It's Only a Game, Lindi St. Clair, Pamela Winfield, Piatkus, 1992. ISBN 0-7499-1171-9
  • Miss Whiplash: my sensational life story, Lindi St. Clair, Pamela Winfield, Pan Books, 1993 ISBN 0-330-33080-2.

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