Born in Nottingham in 1940, Ken Clarke was educated at Nottingham High School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he studied law and was called to the bar in 1963. In 1970, at the age of twenty-nine, he became MP for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, a seat he has held ever since. He held many ministerial posts in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet, including Secretary of State for Health and Secretary of State for Education. He subsequently served as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer under John Major and Secretary of State for Justice and Minister without Portfolio under David Cameron. He lives in London and Nottinghamshire.
Ken Clarke's memoir Kind of Blue has been shortlsted for the Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian in the Parliamentary Book Awards.
Ken Clarke’s memoir Kind of Blue to be published by Pan Macmillan in October 2016.
Ken Clarke has had a ringside seat in British politics for four decades and his trenchant observations and candid account of life both in and out of government are told in his vivid, witty and...
As our opening event we are honoured to welcome Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke CH QC MP, the Father of the House and a principled politician with a rich hinterland. He is a lifelong fan of jazz, sport and...
What a year to welcome the newly re-elected Father of the House of Commons to the Festival. One of the fiercest opponents of Brexit and the man who famously described Theresa May as a bloody...
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