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Ken Clarke MP releases statement over new Cabinet role

Ken Clarke releases statement over new role in Cabinet Credit: PA Pictures

“When David Cameron first asked me to return to the frontbench, we agreed that I would serve in the Cabinet for two years. I am very pleased that he has now asked me to stay on in Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio."

"At my age, it is time for me to step back from the slog of running a large Department, but I am delighted to have been given a more advisory political role."

"In my new role I will be joining the National Security Council, along with Cabinet Committees on Europe and the economy, and will remain a member of the Home Affairs Committee. I will also take the Justice and Security Bill through Parliament."

"It was a bold step to form a Coalition in the national interest. The reasons for the creation of that Coalition two years ago are even more compelling today. I look forward to playing an active part as we tackle the serious challenges facing our country.”

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