25 Facts About Ken Clarke

1. Ken Clarke appeared on the podium of the 2012 British Grand Prix to present the first-place trophy to Mark Webber.

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2. Ken Clarke is a sports enthusiast, being a supporter of both local clubs Notts County and Nottingham Forest, who offered him a chair and a former President of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

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3. Ken Clarke was re-elected as an MP in the 2017 general election.

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4. Ken Clarke added that Gove "did us all a favour by getting rid of Boris.

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5. Ken Clarke was the sole Conservative MP to vote against the triggering of Article 50.

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6. Ken Clarke was opposed to Brexit during the 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom's continued membership of the European Union, and opposed the holding of the referendum in the first place.

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7. Ken Clarke was honoured with appointment as a Companion of Honour, upon the Prime Minister's recommendation, in July 2014.

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8. In 2011 and 2012, Ken Clarke faced criticism for his Justice and Security Bill, in particular those aspects of it that allow secret trials when "national security" is at stake.

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9. Ken Clarke announced in February 2011 that the Government intended to scrutinise the relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and national parliaments.

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10. Ken Clarke had told the Parliamentary authorities that his main home was in the Rushcliffe constituency, enabling him to claim a second-home allowance on his London residence, leaving the taxpayer to foot the bill for Council Tax due on that property.

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11. Ken Clarke is President of the Tory Reform Group, a liberal, pro-European ginger group within the Conservative Party.

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12. Ken Clarke contested the party leadership for a second time in 2001.

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13. Ken Clarke rejected the offer from Hague of a Shadow Cabinet role, opting instead to return to the backbenches.

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14. Ken Clarke enjoyed an increasingly successful record as Chancellor, as the economy recovered from the recession of the early 1990s and a new monetary policy was put into effect after Black Wednesday.

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15. At first, Ken Clarke was seen as the dominant figure in Cabinet, and at the October 1993 Conservative Party Conference he defended Major from his critics by pronouncing "any enemy of John Major is an enemy of mine.

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16. Ken Clarke came to work with John Major very closely, and quickly emerged as a central figure in his government.

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17. Ken Clarke told his biographer Malcolm Balen: "John Moore was pursuing a line which Margaret [Thatcher] was very keen on, which made everything compulsory medical insurance.

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18. Ken Clarke was appointed the first Secretary of State for Health when the department was created out of the former Department of Health and Social Security in July 1988.

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19. Ken Clarke is the subject of a portrait in oil commissioned by Parliament.

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20. Ken Clarke was appointed a Government whip, and served as such from 1972 to 1974; he, with the assistance of Labour rebels, helped ensure Edward Heath's government won key votes on British entry into the European Communities.

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21. Ken Clarke is deemed one of the Cambridge Mafia, a group of prominent Conservative politicians who were educated at Cambridge in the 1960s.

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22. Ken Clarke opposed the admission of women to the Union, and is quoted as saying upon his election, "The fact that Oxford has admitted them does not impress me at all.

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23. Ken Clarke initially held Labour sympathies, his grandfather having been a Communist, but while at Cambridge he joined the Conservative Party.

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24. Ken Clarke attended Nottingham High School before going to read for a law degree at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he graduated with an upper second honours degree.

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25. Ken Clarke contested the Conservative Party leadership three times—in 1997, 2001 and 2005—being defeated each time.

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