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MP for Rushcliffe Kenneth Clarke to retire from government

Kenneth Clarke held the role of minister without portfolio Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Veteran minister and MP for Rushcliffe, Ken Clarke, has retired from the Government, sources close to him said.

He had already been demoted in the 2012 reshuffle, losing his post as justice secretary following a series of clashes with Home Secretary Theresa May.

Now the 74-year-old Nottinghamshire miner's son has quit as minister without portfolio, concluding a career which saw him hold government posts under four different Conservative prime ministers.

Ken Clarke: Mitchell "highly regards" the police

Ken Clarke, the MP for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, says Andrew Mitchell "highly regards" the police.

"I have known Andrew for a long time and he is a perfectly reasonable, courteous man with the same high regard for the police services as anyone else.

"He obviously had a flare of bad temper on this occasion and has rightly apologised. I do think this should be allowed to set the matter at rest."

– Ken Clarke