Kenneth Clarke

Father of the House of Commons

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Rushcliffe Conservative

Kenneth Clarke’s voting in Parliament

Kenneth Clarke is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.

However, Kenneth Clarke sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Kenneth Clarke generally voted for UK membership of the EU, while most Conservative MPs almost always voted against. Show votes
  • Kenneth Clarke generally voted against the Iraq war, while most Conservative MPs almost always voted for. Show votes
  • Kenneth Clarke generally voted for a right to remain for EU nationals already in living in the UK, while most Conservative MPs almost always voted against. Show votes
  • Kenneth Clarke generally voted for more EU integration, while most Conservative MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Kenneth Clarke generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords, while most Conservative MPs generally voted against. Show votes

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Kenneth Clarke has quite often rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Last updated: 4 Dec 2017

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Usa 14 Dec 2017

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department or other Government departments or agencies have had access to a full copy of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program.
  • Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Usa 14 Dec 2017

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department or other Government departments or agencies have requested a full copy of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program.
  • European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement 13 Dec 2017

    My understanding is that the Minister has just said that the Government will use clause 9, and will start legislating statutory instruments, long before the due day; it is just, having been legislated, they will not come into force until the due day. That is some kind of concession, but does the right hon. Lady agree that something better might be arrived at in the later stages of this Bill?

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Conservative MP for Rushcliffe

Entered the House of Commons on 18 June 1970 — General election

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Topics of interest

Kenneth Clarke campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Health
  • Treasury
  • Transport
  • Home Department
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Contingency Planning
  • Intelligence Services: Detainees
  • Political Asylum
  • Iraq
  • Nottingham East Midlands Airport

Currently held offices

  • Father of the House of Commons (since 26 Feb 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • Minister without Portfolio (6 Sep 2012 to 14 Jul 2014)
  • The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (12 May 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (27 Jul 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (19 Jan 2009 to 27 Jul 2009)
  • Chair, Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee) (14 Jan 2003 to 9 Nov 2009)
  • Member, Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee) (2 Dec 2002 to 14 Jan 2003)
  • Member, House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee) (19 Jun 2002 to 5 May 2005)
  • The Chancellor of the Exchequer (27 May 1993 to 1 May 1997)
  • The Secretary of State for the Home Department (10 Apr 1992 to 26 May 1993)
  • Secretary of State for Education and Science (2 Nov 1990 to 9 Apr 1992)
  • The Secretary of State for Health (25 Jul 1988 to 1 Nov 1990)
  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (13 Jun 1987 to 24 Jul 1988)
  • Minister of State (Department of Trade and Industry) (13 Jun 1987 to 24 Jul 1988)
  • Paymaster General (HM Treasury) (2 Sep 1985 to 12 Jun 1987)
  • Secretary of State for Employment (2 Sep 1985 to 13 Jun 1987)
  • Minister of State (Department of Health) (5 Mar 1982 to 1 Sep 1985)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (1 Jun 1980 to 5 Mar 1982)
  • Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Transport) (7 May 1979 to 5 Jan 1981)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) (1 Jan 1976 to 1 Jan 1979)
  • Government Whip (1 Jan 1974 to 1 Mar 1974)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) (1 Jan 1974 to 1 Jan 1976)
  • Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (1 Jan 1972 to 1 Jan 1974)

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  • Has spoken in 36 debates in the last year — above average amongst MPs. See all Kenneth Clarke’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 6 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 78.08% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 14 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 19–20 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 159 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Kenneth Clarke’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 3947 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 11 Dec 2017.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments received via Speakers Corner (London) Ltd, Unit 31, Highbury Studios, 10 Hornsey Street, London N7 8EL:
Payment of £7,000 plus VAT expected for a speaking engagement undertaken on 9 December 2016 at Claridge's, London. Payer: Curtin & Co, 299 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DZ. Hours (including preparation and travel time): 6 hrs. (Registered 19 December 2016)
Payment of £6,500 plus VAT expected for attendance at a dinner and delivery of a keynote speech on 24 January 2017 at Claridges Hotel, London. Payer: EY, 1 More London Place, London SE1 2AF. Hours (including travel and preparation time): 5 hrs. (Registered 13 February 2017)
Payment of £6,500 plus VAT expected for participation in a panel discussion on 13 September 2017 at the Tate Modern, London. Payer: Henley & Partners Group Holdings Limited, Aragon House, Dragonara Road, St Julian’s STJ 3140 Malta. Hours (including preparation and travel time): 5 hrs. (Registered 10 October 2017)
Payments received via Jeremy Lee Associates, 14 Berners Street, London W1T 3LJ:
Payment of £6,000 plus VAT expected for a speaking engagement undertaken on 28 November, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel, London. Payer: Standard Life Investments, 1 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LL. Hours (including preparation and travel time): 6 hrs. (Registered 19 December 2016)
Payment of £500 plus VAT expected for participation in a panel discussion at the Emmanuel Centre on 13 September 2017. Payer: Intelligence Squared (UK) Ltd, Newcombe House, 45 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LQ. Hours (including preparation and travel time): 3 hrs. (Registered 10 October 2017)
Payment of £200 plus VAT expected for a speaking event at the Rye Arts Festival on 17 September 2017. Payer: Rye Arts Festival, The Bartletts, Main Street, Beckley, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6RR. Hours (including preparation and travel time): 6 hrs. (Registered 13 November 2017)
Payment of £5,000 plus VAT expected via Performing Artistes, 4th Floor, 85 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7LT, for a speaking engagement at the COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) Conference 2017 at the Crieff Hydro on 4 October 2017. Payer: COSLA, Ferntower Road, Crieff PH7 3LG. Hours (including travel time): 16 hrs. Travel and one night's accommodation also provided by the payer. (Registered 13 November 2017; updated 14 November 2017)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Motor Sports Association
Address of donor: Riverside Park, Colnbrook SL3 0HG

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Two tickets for British Grand Prix and hospitality and one ticket for each of the two practice session days with a total value of £2,168

Date received: 16 July 2017

Date accepted: 16 July 2017

Donor status: company, registration 1344829

(Registered 02 August 2017)

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