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Ken Clarke has claimed the Tory press office tried to keep him away from the television cameras during his time in government, even attempting to prevent him from going on Question Time.
"I had a great row with them [Conservative press officers] when they told the producer of Question Time that I was ill and they were able to provide a replacement," Clarke said during an interview with the Observer.
" It never occurred to them that I could ring up the producer. She said: 'I'm told you are ill.' After that, I got even more freelance."
The former minister admitted there was "constant friction" between himself and David Cameron, saying his views sometimes "didn't coincide with No 10's".
Former Tory Cabinet minister Ken Clarke has questioned the strength of the recovery, claiming the economy is still "fragile".
Mr Clarke, who retired from the government in the reshuffle, said the economy is "not firmly enough rooted" in a balance between manufacturing and services, leaving it prone to shocks.
The former minister did however declare himself a "great fan" of Chancellor George Osborne and said the Conservatives had saved the country from calamity by reining in spending.
Clarke, 74, told the Observer that the economy still has a "long, long way" to go before sustainable levels of growth could be maintained.
The former chancellor added that Britain must break out of the "ludicrous cycle" of house price booms followed by crashes.