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Bilderberg steering committee member Ken Clarke brushed aside a strident attack on the controversial group in the form of an urgent question from Michael Meacher, Labour MP for Oldham West & Royton. In a debate punctuated by outbreaks of... Continue to article
Ken Clarke warned it would be an economic and political "catastrophe" for the UK to leave the European Union. “David Cameron’s already committed the Conservative party to holding a referendum in the next Parliament and this is obviously ... Continue to article
Jim Murphy said the “ridiculous insults” from Conservative politicians against UKIP, such as Ken Clarke calling them "clowns" helped the eurosceptic party in last week's local elections. “No, and I think insulting a party is basically in... Continue to article
It is dangerous to dismiss UKIP as a protest vote, one of the party's most senior figures has said. Executive Party Chairman Steve Crowther said his party was now well established and represented a threat to the three main political part... Continue to article
David Cameron said it was right to look at using more of the international development budget to carry out activities governed by the Ministry of Defence. “The point I make here is that there are rules for what you can use the aid budget... Continue to article
Voters who back the UK Independence Party are racists and its politicians are clowns, Cabinet minister Ken Clarke claimed yesterday. Continue to article
Nigel Farage hit back at Ken Clarke after the Tory Cabinet minister called UKIP “clowns”. “They’ve lost the argument – that’s the point. They’ve lost the argument and so Ken Clarke and others have decided, rather than going for the ball,... Continue to article
Norman Lamb said UKIP criticism of maternity leave was "crazy". "I think we should be respectful of people’s anxieties about the state of the economy, about the pressures that many families face. But what I think we’ve seen and heard in ... Continue to article
Ken Clarke accused UKIP of scaremongering about immigration. "UKIP have created a quite ridiculous scare about the hordes of Bulgars and the hordes of Romanians who are coming here, which is total nonsense. We do have rules which stop pe... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said the Government had no plans to withdraw from the European Convention on Human RIghts. "I’m not aware that we are actively looking at that. If I was asked my advice on that by any of my colleagues I’d have to say I don’t ... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said today's funeral was a "fitting" tribute to Baroness Thatcher. "The Thatcher era was historically very important, and the funeral was a very fitting way to actually say goodbye to the woman who presided over the middl... Continue to article
The divisions in Britain in the 1980s would only have been postponed and deepened if Margaret Thatcher had not become Prime Minister in 1979, Ken Clarke has said. The Tory veteran, who served in Lady Thatcher’s Cabinet as well as the cur... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said the debate over Margaret Thatcher’s legacy was largely predicated on “myths” created by the right and left. “I’m saddened obviously by the death but I’m almost amused by the way she still polarises debate – the right and ... Continue to article
WORDS: PAUL WAUGH AND SAM MACRORY Vince Cable is doing what Vince Cable does: demanding a ‘national strategy’, calling for proper research and warning of the dangers of not distinguishing between productive migrants and those who can deple... Continue to article
Ken Clarke has spoken of his support for Osborne's budget. “Every tax change he has made seems to me to have an economic purpose, it's splendid that we raise everybody up to a 10,000 pound threshold and take the low paid people out of i... Continue to article
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has warned the UK is "plainly losing" the war on drugs.
Speaking at the Home Affairs Select Committee today, Mr Clarke expressed "despair" at the fact that "policy has not been working".
Mr Clarke urged greater communication on tackling the issue of drugs, but cautioned against de-criminalisation, which he argued was an important deterrent.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has ordered a crackdown on people who fraudulently make insurance claims for whiplash after a car accident. The Sun reports that teams of specialist medics will be set up to identify people who fake injuries to claim compensation. Ministers believe the new measures will help reduce payouts and bring down the cost of motor insurance.
MPs have voted to overturn the House of Lords’ amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill after the Government offered a series of concessions. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke announced women would be able to have freer access to legal aid than under the previous plans.
Vince Cable has said the Liberal Democrats faced “veiled threats” from News International if the BSkyB takeover was not given the green light.
Giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, the Business Secretary said he believed the threats about Liberal Democrats' depictions in News International newspapers had come after a conversation with News Corporation lobbyist Frederic Michel.
He also hit out at Mr Michel's “systematic attempt to politicise the process” of adjudicating on the takeover. He confirmed he had been told about this by Liberal Democrat colleagues who had spoken with Mr Michel.
“I’m trying to explain the context in which I made my own comments [to undercover Telegraph journalists]… and what it was that had made me seriously disturbed.”
Dr Cable explained he was in an “emotional frame of mind” when he told two undercover Daily Telegraph reporters he was “waging war” on the Murdoch empire.
“There was a near riot taking place outside my constituency office… in order to prevent the disorder getting out of control, I invited in some of the protestors into my office. We had a very long conversation… I was struggling to keep my temper in this situation…
“I was in an extremely tense and emotional frame of mind. And the two women who I thought were constituents… I did offload onto them a lot of pent-up feeling, to just about the BSkyB case that I was dealing with but my colleagues in Government… in language I wouldn’t usually use.”
Also appearing at Leveson today was Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, who said that the media had "far greater" power than Parliament does.
Mr Clarke urged the inquiry not to curtail free speech, but argued the power of the media “has grown, is excessive, and ought to be diminished”.
Senior Conservatives are reportedly urging David Cameron to bring forward his anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in response to failing poll ratings. The Daily Mail reports the reshuffle could now take place as soon as next weekend, following the local elections on May 3.
Theresa May and Ken Clarke have made a push to win the backing of MPs for their controversial plans to strengthen the powers of the security services, after their proposals for 'secret justice' were criticised.
The Home Secretary and Justice Secretary have both sent letters to Tory MPs claiming that suspected terrorists could be given British passports if the Government unable to fight their deportation using sensitive evidence.
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