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The Rt Hon. Kenneth Clarke MP

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer & Secretary of State for Justice

Kenneth Clarke held the posts of Secretary of State for Health, Education & Science and Home Office before becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer in May 1993, a position he held until the general election of May 1997. In January 2009, he re-joined the Conservative Party front bench team as Shadow Business Secretary. In May 2010 Clarke was appointed as Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor in the coalition government, a position he held until September 2012.

"He is the kind of politician who will cross a road in order to get into a fight". Douglas Hurd

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In detail

During his time as a backbencher and Shadow Minister, Kenneth broadened his business interests, taking on a number of non-executive directorships with companies including British American Tobacco, Alliance Unichem and Independent News and media (UK). Educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Kenneth was called to the bar by Gray's Inn in 1963, and became a QC in 1980. He first became active in politics at Cambridge where he was President of the Union. Life in the House of Commons began on his election as MP for Rushcliffe in the 1970 general election.

What he offers you

Kenneth Clarke's vast experience on matters relating to British, European and global politics or the economy make him a popular choice as a keynote speaker at a variety of high level meetings or conferences.

How he presents

With a perfect balance of humour and astute political insights Kenneth Clarke demonstrates to audiences the characteristics which made him such a strong and masterful political operator. All of his presentations are tailor-made for the particular audience addressed.


Kenneth Clarke presents in English.

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  • UK & Global Politics
  • The Euro and The European Economy
  • Business & Trade
  • After Dinner


  • 1998
    Understanding the Euro
  • 1994
    Better Accounting for the Taxpayer's Money: Resource Accounting and Budgeting in Government
  • 1992
    Called to Minister? : A Consideration of Vocation to the Ordained Ministry
  • 1987
    The Free Market and the Inner Cities
  • 1976
    An End to the Earnings Rule?

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