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Kenneth Clarke, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

20 May

The Right Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP has been appointed as the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, and the Lord Chancellor is the Minister responsible for The National Archives and for public records.

Speaking to staff on his arrival at the Ministry of Justice headquarters on 12 May 2010, he said: 'I am honoured and excited to have been appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State. Our work together will be central to the government's success in serving the public and the ambition must be to exceed what the public expect of the services we provide.'


Kenneth Clarke QC was elected MP for Rushcliffe in 1970. Prior to being appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, he was Shadow Secretary of State for Business. Ken has extensive experience in government, spanning three decades and has previously served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary.

He was educated at Nottingham High School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is a barrister-at-law and became a QC in 1980.

Lord McNally announced as Minister of State for The Ministry of Justice

The Rt Hon Lord McNally Minister of State for The Ministry of Justice

The Rt Hon Lord McNally Minister of State and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords has been announced as the Minister of State for the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for The National Archives.

He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1979 and supported the successful merger with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats and served on the Federal Executive of the new party. Lord McNally became a member of the House of Lords in 1995, as Baron McNally of Blackpool in the County of Lancashire in 1995. He was a founding member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archives in 2008 and has been an active member ever since.