Ken Clarke at Derby Book Festival

A discussion between two of the political heavyweights of our time as Ken Clarke is joined by Alan Johnson to discuss his life and work. Having served as the MP for Rushcliffe for 46 years and the MP with the longest continuous service - Ken Clarke is the current Father of the House. His biography, A Kind of Blue, charts his remarkable progress from working class scholarship boy at Nottingham High School to high political office and the upper echelons of both his party and government.

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    Derby Theatre

    Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk St Peter's Quarter


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    01/06/2018 12:00 AM

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    01/06/2018 12:00 AM

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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.