Charles Clarke

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Charles Clarke (born 21 September 1950) is a British politician and Member of Parliament for Norwich South since 1997. He was Secretary of State for Education and Skills in the British government from October 2002 to December 2004. He was Home Secretary from December 2004 until May 2006.


  • I don’t mind there being some medievalists around for ornamental purposes, but there is no reason for the State to pay for them.
    • Speech at University College, Worcester, April 2003 (Reported in the Times Educational Supplement, May 2003)
  • I am not in any way opposed to medieval studies (or for that matter Latin).
    • Education Secretary Clarke, Letter to the Guardian, May 2003
  • The fact is, we're looking for a very small number of very evil needles in a very large haystack, which is the city of London.
    • Home Secretary Charles Clarke, BBC radio, July 2005 following the London bombings

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