Ex-Blair ministers plotting Brown ouster

Ex-Blair ministers plotting Brown ouster

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Followers of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair are meeting to determine how best to oust Blair's successor, Gordon Brown, from office, sources say.

British MP Clarke eyeing Labor Party bid

LONDON, April 1 (UPI) -- British Member of Parliament Charles Clarke says that, under the right conditions, he would consider running for the leadership of the Labor Party.

PM Blair expected to announce resignation

LONDON, June 28 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to announce he will resign as early as next May, The Telegraph reports, citing members of Parliament.

Blair radically reshuffles government

LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- British newspapers had scathing criticism of Prime Minister Tony Blair after he dismissed key members of his cabinet last week.

Blair shakes up Cabinet

LONDON, May 5 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair removed Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Charles Clarke as home secretary in a far-reaching Cabinet shuffle Friday.

Blair asks voters to weigh Labor's record

LONDON, May 3 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair urged voters to consider his Labor party's achievements over the past nine years when voting in Thursday's local elections.

U.K.'s Clarke says deportations under way

LONDON, May 3 (UPI) -- Britain's beleaguered Home Secretary Charles Clarke told Parliament Wednesday deportations of more than 1,000 violent released inmates have begun. Clarke has faced torrents of criticism following last week's disclosure that 1,023 violent foreign criminals

Poll: Blair government 'sleazy'

LONDON, April 29 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair's popularity has slumped to its lowest level since he took office in 1997, a poll found.

Prisoners to be deported commit new crimes

LONDON, April 29 (UPI) -- British Home Secretary Charles Clarke admitted 72 foreign prisoners who should have been deported were still at large and five had committed new crimes.

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'It's been a bad week for the government'

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- Several members of Prime Minister Tony Blair's government were trying to operate "under the radar" Thursday after a series of scandals and missteps.

Britain frees killers, rapists by mistake

LONDON, April 26 (UPI) -- Britain's embarrassed Home Office refused Wednesday to release the names of more than 1,000 foreign criminals it accidentally released from prison.

Britain's Blair defends crime crackdown

LONDON, England, April 23 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been defending his stance on civil liberties in a public exchange of e-mails with a newspaper columnist.

U.K. eyes controls for violent criminals

LONDON, April 20 (UPI) -- Britain's Home Secretary Charles Clarke is proposing creating a new status for violent criminals to control their movements when they are released.

Ruling allows deportations to Zimbabwe

LONDON, April 12 (UPI) -- A British Court of Appeal Wednesday overturned a lower-court ruling that had barred Britain from sending people who failed to win asylum back to Zimbabwe.
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Charles Clarke
Home Secretary for the United Kingdon Charles Clarke speaks to the press after meeting with U.S. and European officials about terrorism at the Justice Department in Washington on Oct. 6, 2005. The leaders discussed ways to tighten security while maintaining freedom. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Charles Rodway Clarke (born 21 September 1950) is a British Labour Party politician. He has been Member of Parliament for Norwich South since 1997 and was Home Secretary from December 2004 until May 2006.

The son of Civil Service Permanent Secretary Sir Richard Clarke, Charles Clarke was born in London. He attended the fee-paying Highgate School where he was Head Boy. He then read Mathematics and Economics at King's College, Cambridge, where he also served as the President of the Cambridge Students' Union. A member of the Broad Left faction, he went on to become President of the National Union of Students from 1975 to 1977. Clarke was widely opposed by the moderate element of the Broad Left, and was contrasted (unfavourably) with his more consensus-orientated predecessor John Randall. Proponents of his election spoke, however, of his considerable political savvy.

He was elected as a local councillor in the London Borough of Hackney, being Chair of its Housing Committee and Vice-Chair of economic development from 1980 to 1986. He worked as a researcher, and later Chief of Staff, for Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock from February 1981 to 1992. His long association with Kinnock and with the general election defeat in 1992 was expected to handicap him in his career. But Clarke bounced back. He spent the mid-1990s away from national politics, working in the private sector - from 1992 to 1997, he was chief executive of Quality Public Affairs, a public affairs management consultancy - and subsequently emerged as a high flyer under the Labour leadership of Tony Blair.

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