Ken Clarke

From Wikiquote
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ken Clarke as Justice Secretary

Kenneth Harry Clarke (born 2 July 1940) is a British politician and was MP for Rushcliffe from 1970 to 2019. He was Home Secretary from 1992 to 1993, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1993 to 1997 and Justice Secretary from 2010 to 2012.




  • We are all in agreement about the principles of the national health service should be provided free at the point of treatment, according to clinical need and largely funded out of taxation.
    • Speech in the House of Commons (11 October 2006) in a debate on NHS workforce and service development.


  • When we negotiate trade agreements in the future, we will be pressing other countries to open up their public procurement processes to genuine, fair, international competition. It would be totally ridiculous to abandon that principle now to give into not only constituency pressures, which I understand, but otherwise nationalist nonsense that ought to be ignored.
    • Speech in the House of Commons (26 March 2018) on the awarding of the contract for the production of new UK passports to Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto
  • If a Brexiteer majority still wishes to persist in leaving, once we have made some progress and it’s obvious we’re getting there, you can invoke Article 50 again and leave fairly rapidly. To me, that seems the only rational way in which we can precede. But common sense has gone out of the window.
  • No one has officially told me that I have lost the Tory whip. The fault’s probably mine. I’m notorious for only using my mobile phone for outgoing calls: nobody knows my London number and I certainly don’t do anything online. So there may somewhere be an email or text message or something telling me, but I gather from the media that there’s no doubt that I’ve lost the whip. My status otherwise is completely unclear.

External links[edit]

Wikipedia has an article about:
Wikimedia Commons has media related to: