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