Ken Clarke at Cheltenham Festival of Literature

A genuine 'Big Beast' of Westminster with a ringside seat in British politics for four decades, the veteran MP shares his life story and his passion for jazz, on publication of his memoirs, Kind of Blue. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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    Town Hall

    Town Hall Baillie Gifford Stage


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    16/10/2016 6:30 PM

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    16/10/2016 7:30 PM

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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.