Ken Clarke
Ken clarke
Deputy Prime Minister
In office:

June 10, 2000 - 2003

Preceded by: Malcolm Rifkind
Succeded by: Michael Ancram
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office:

May 10, 1996 - June 10, 2000

Preceded by: Gordon Brown
Succeded by: Peter Lilley
Junior Whip
In office:

1972 - 1983

Preceded by: Unknown
Succeded by: Unknown

July 2 1940, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

Died -
Nationality: British
Political party: Conservative

Gillian Edwards

Children: 2
Alma mater:

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Occupation: Politician
Religion: None

Ken Clarke is a British politician who served as Chancellor (1996 - 2000) and later Deputy Prime Minister (2000 - 2003) under Michael Portillo.

After the 2000 election he was sacked as Chancellor, and reluctantly accepted the much less important cabinet post of Deputy Prime Minister.

He resigned over the Portillo government's decision to join the United States invasion of Iraq, and subsequently challenged Portillo for the Conservative Party leadership. He was defeated.

Clarke ran for the Conservative Party leadership again in 2005 and 2007, but both times lost to Michael Howard and William Hague respectivley.

In 2009 he returned to cabinet as business secretary.

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