Ken Clarke at Cambridge Literary Festival

Ken Clarke at Cambridge Literary Festival
  • Cambridge Union Society, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UB
    Cambridge Union Society
    9A Bridge Street Cambridge, CB2 1UB UNITED KINGDOM
  • 27/11/2016 17:30 - 27/11/2016 18:30


One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, Ken Clarke has held every major office of state apart from Prime Minister during his 46 years as MP for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire. Not a straightforward Conservative politician - Europhile and positioned to the left of the party - his views caused Margaret Thatcher to question his true blue credentials. His passionate commitment to Europe is thought to have cost him party leadership on three occasions. In conversation with Jackie Ashley, President, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

About Ken Clarke

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.