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Ken Clarke

FT Weekend Lecture: A Lifetime in Politics

Ken Clarke Interviewed by Robert Shrimsley

Saturday, 4 April 2020

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £15

Event sponsored by

One of the most recognisable politicians of the last 50 years Ken Clarke talks about his lifetime in politics and reflects on recent tumultuous events in Westminster and the direction of the country.

Clarke retired at the last General Election in his 50th year as an MP. As the country’s longest-serving MP, he was father of the house between February 2017 and December 2019, a period that saw him come into conflict with many colleagues over Brexit and ultimately lose the Conservative whip. What does he make of recent events, including the downfall of Theresa May and the rise of Boris Johnson? What are the prospects for the United Kingdom as it negotiates a new trade deal with the European Union and re-positions itself in the world. And how does he feel about the direction of the Conservative Party?

Clarke first won the Rushcliffe seat in Nottinghamshire for the Tories in 1970 at the age of 29. He went on to hold many of the highest offices of state including Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary of State for Justice, Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Education and Science and Secretary of State for Health. He served as a minister under Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron. Here he talks to Financial Times political columnist Robert Shrimsley.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd