Minister without Portfolio

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP

Biography

Kenneth Clarke QC MP was appointed Minister without Portfolio in September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for Rushcliffe.

Education

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

Political career

Kenneth was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from May 2010 to September 2012. Other positions include:

  • Secretary of State for Health 1988 to 1990
  • Secretary of State for Education and Science 1990 to 1992
  • Home Secretary 1992 to 1993
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer 1993 to 1997

In opposition, he served as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Career outside politics

A former barrister-at-law, Kenneth was called to the bar by Gray’s Inn in 1963 and became a QC in 1980. He has practised on the Midland Circuit, based in Birmingham.

Personal life

Kenneth is married with 2 children.

Minister without Portfolio

Responsibilities include advising the Prime Minister on issues including economic strategy.

Previous roles in government

  1. Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

by The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP

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  1. Reassurance on consumer protection in EU-US trade deal

    • 3 March 2014
    • Press release
  2. PM’s Trade Envoy welcomes focus on economic development in Western Balkans

    • 24 February 2014
    • Press release
  3. 3,000 regulations to be reformed or slashed

    • 27 January 2014
    • Press release
  4. Joint UK Ministerial statement on International Anti-Corruption Day

    • 9 December 2013
    • News story
  5. Government unveils Deregulation Bill

    • 1 July 2013
    • Press release
  6. Small businesses speak up on US-EU trade deal

    • 6 June 2013
    • News story
  7. British Cabinet Minister and Prime Minister's Trade Envoy in Chennai this week

    • 6 May 2013
    • Press release
  8. Senior British Cabinet Minister to lead healthcare mission to Mumbai

    • 3 May 2013
    • Press release
  9. Appointment of new Parole Board Chair

    • 25 July 2012
    • News story
  10. £50 million extra for victims of crime

    • 2 July 2012
    • Press release

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