Winston Spencer Churchill, 69, a former member of Parliament and grandson of Britain’s wartime leader, died Tuesday at his London home, said Cmdr. John Muxworthy, president of the United Kingdom National Defense Assn. He had been suffering from cancer.
Churchill was a member of the House of Commons from 1970 to 1997. Earlier he had been a foreign correspondent for the Times of London, the Daily Telegraph and other papers.
He was a founder of the Defense Assn., which campaigned for greater support for Britain’s armed forces.
Churchill was born in October 1940 at Chequers, the prime minister’s official country residence, shortly after Royal Air Force pilots prevailed in the Battle of Britain. During it, Hitler’s Luftwaffe was prevented from destroying Britain’s air defenses or forcing the country to negotiate an armistice.
He was the son of Randolph Churchill and Pamela Digby, who scandalized London society with her affairs and who, in later life as Pamela Harriman, became U.S. ambassador to France. His parents divorced in 1945.
"I never knew my parents together, so their split meant nothing to me," Churchill said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph in 2008. "But it did mean I got a great deal of grandparental sunlight."