One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, Ken Clarke has held every major job of state apart from Prime Minister. Known as a Tory Wet who loves cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and jazz, Clarke isn't a straightforward Conservative politician and his passionate commitment to Europe cost him the leadership on no less than three occasions. Tonight, Clarke charts his remarkable progress from working-class scholarship boy in Nottinghamshire to high political office.
06/11/2016 7:30 PM
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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.