Kenneth Clarke QC MP: Ministry of Justice Departmental Board

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice


  • Oversight of all Ministry of Justice business
  • Criminal Justice and penal policy strategy
  • Constitutional issues
  • Judicial policy
  • Claims Management Regulation Unit
  • National security justice issues
  • EU and international


Kenneth Clarke QC MP was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 12 May 2010.

He was born in 1940 and educated at Nottingham High School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. 

He is a barrister-at-law, having been called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1963 and becoming QC in 1980.

He has previously served as Chancellor, Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Health, and Secretary of State for Education and Science.  In Opposition he served as shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. 

He is married with one son and one daughter.

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EU data protection rules - 26 May 2011

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