Ken Clarke is an engaging and lively conference and after dinner speaker. As the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ken is an ideal choice to deliver an insight in to the current political and economic climate.
He first entered the House of Commons in the 1970 General Election as the Conservative MP for Rushcliffe. After a succession of appointments in and out of government, Ken Clarke was made Minister for Health in March 1982. In 1985 Ken was promoted to the Cabinet to take up the role of Paymaster General and then Minister for Employment.
Following the successful Conservative campaign in the 1987 General Election, Ken was appointed Minister for Trade and Industry. Ken started to rise up the political ranks initially as Secretary of State for Health from 1988 to 1990 and then as Secretary of State for Education and Science until April 1992.
In 1992 Ken Clarke became the Secretary of State for the Home Office. He held this job for just over a year until May 1993 when he became Chancellor of the Exchequer.
In May 1997, the Conservatives were defeated in the General Election by New Labour under Tony Blair. Ken successfully held his seat and returned to the House of Commons in Opposition.
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