Educated at Nottingham High School,
Kenneth Clarke first became active in politics when elected
President of the Union at Caius College, Cambridge.
In 1970 he succeeded in becoming MP for Rushcliffe. The Conservatives
long term in office following the 1979 general election resulted
in a number of senior jobs. He was Minister for Health in
1982, Trade and Industry Minister, Secretary of State for
Health, Education and the Home Office. Finally, in 1993, he
became Chancellor of the Exchequer, a position he held until
the general election in May 1997.
Kenneth Clarke is a keen sports fan and regularly attends
both Forest and County games. He is also an avid cricket fan
and can often be found at Trent Bridge during the summer months.
Rare among modern politicians, Kenneth is
a supporter of smoking.