29 Facts About Kenneth Clarke

1. Kenneth Clarke was a founder member of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

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2. Kenneth Clarke was educated in the desegregated public elementary and junior high schools of Harlem.

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3. Kenneth Clarke came of age in Harlem during its political and cultural zenith in the 1920s.

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4. Kenneth Clarke enrolled Kenneth Clarke in George Washington High School, an academic school where he performed well in all subjects.

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

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6. Kenneth 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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7. Kenneth Clarke was re-elected as an MP in the 2017 general election.

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

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9. Kenneth Clarke was the sole Conservative MP to vote against the triggering of Article 50.

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10. Kenneth 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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11. Kenneth Clarke was honoured with appointment as a Companion of Honour, upon the Prime Minister's recommendation, in July 2014.

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12. In 2011 and 2012, Kenneth 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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13. Kenneth 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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14. Kenneth 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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15. Kenneth Clarke is President of the Tory Reform Group, a liberal, pro-European ginger group within the Conservative Party.

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16. Kenneth Clarke contested the party leadership for a second time in 2001.

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

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18. Kenneth 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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19. At first, Kenneth 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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20. Kenneth Clarke came to work with John Major very closely, and quickly emerged as a central figure in his government.

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21. Kenneth 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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22. Kenneth 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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23. Kenneth Clarke is the subject of a portrait in oil commissioned by Parliament.

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24. Kenneth 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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25. Kenneth 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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26. Kenneth 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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27. Kenneth Clarke initially held Labour sympathies, his grandfather having been a Communist, but while at Cambridge he joined the Conservative Party.

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28. Kenneth 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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29. Kenneth Clarke contested the Conservative Party leadership three times—in 1997, 2001 and 2005—being defeated each time.

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