The Prime Minister has written to Kenneth Clarke saying he will be 'hugely missed' around Parliament, after the MP stepped down from his post as Minister Without Portfolio.
On the resignation, Mr Cameron wrote to him saying:
– Prime Minister David Cameron
Since you first entered Parliament in 1970, and over forty years since your first Front Bench role as a PPS, your passion for getting things done and the energy you have brought to your Cabinet posts has not diminished one bit.
To have that level of experience at my own Cabinet table has been incredibly helpful – both to me as Prime Minister and to the whole Cabinet.
You have never been timid to raise issues of importance or to stand up for causes that matter to you, but you have also brought a keen sense of humour to the Cabinet table – and you will be hugely missed.