Kenneth Clarke is a British Conservative Party politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1993 to 1997 and Home Secretary from 1992 to 1993.
Clarke was the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire from 1970 to 2019.
Between 2017 and 2019 he was the Father of the House of Commons. While he still remains a member of the Conservative Party, the Conservative whip was withdrawn from him on 4 September 2019 because he and 20 other MPs voted with the Opposition on a motion; for the remainder of his time in Parliament he sat as an independent, though still in the government benches.
Clarke, described by the press as a ‘Big Beast’ of British politics, has served in the Cabinet as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Education Secretary, Health Secretary and minister without portfolio.
He has been the President of the Tory Reform Group since 1997. Clarke identifies with economically and socially liberal views.
- Full name: Kenneth Harry Clarke CH QC
- Profession: British politician
- Born: 2 July 1940 (age 79 years), West Bridgford
- Spouse: Gillian Edwards (m. 1964–2015)
- Previous offices: Minister without portfolio (2012–2014), MORE
- Education: Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, Nottingham High School
- Children: Kenneth Bruce Clarke, Susan Clarke