John Stonehouse’s wife- Harold Wilson’s cabinet included John Stonehouse, a politician, and minister from the British Labour and Co-operative Parties.
Stonehouse’s botched attempt to stage his own demise in 1974 is what people remember him for. Stonehouse was born on July 28, 1925
in Southampton, the youngest and second son of William Mitchell Stonehouse, a dockyard engine fitter who had previously worked as a post office engineer.
His father served as the trade union’s local secretary; At the age of sixteen, Stonehouse enrolled in the Labour Party. His mother, a former scullery maid, served on Southampton City Council from 1936 until 1970 and was the sixth female mayor of Southampton.
In Norwood, Stonehouse ran unsuccessfully for London County Council in 1949. After running in Twickenham in 1950 and Burton in 1951, he was initially chosen as the Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament (MP) for Wednesbury in Staffordshire in a 1957 by-election.
Stonehouse kept up the façade of normalcy up until he faked his own demise on November 20, 1974, by leaving a pile of garments on a Miami Beach beach to give the impression that he had gone swimming and drowned, or even that he had been killed by a shark. Nobody had been discovered, but he was assumed to be dead, and obituaries were printed. In actuality, he was traveling to Australia in order to start a new life with Sheila Buckley, his mistress and secretary.
He had three heart attacks, the first one on April 18, 1977, the second one four days later, and a major heart attack on August 13, 1978. As a result of his excellent behaviour and three heart attacks, he was released from prison early on August 14, 1979.
Stonehouse underwent three days in the hospital after suffering a cardiac ischemia event on September 6, 1978. On November 7, 1978, he underwent a six-hour open-heart procedure.
On 25 March 1988, Stonehouse collapsed on set during an edition of Central Weekend in Birmingham during the filming of a programme about missing people.
How many wives did he have?
The late politician was married twice. In 1948, Stonehouse got married to Barbara Joan Smith and had three children with her whose names are Mathew, Jane, and Julia.
Stonehouse then married his mistress, Sheila Elizabeth Buckley, in Hampshire on January 31, 1981, following their divorce in 1978. Their son James William John was born in December 1982.