Charles Clarke
Charles Rodway Clarke (born 21 September 1950) is a British
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 Labour Party
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, who was the Member of Parliament
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 (MP) for Norwich South from 1997
United Kingdom general election, 1997
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 until 2010, and served as Home Secretary
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 from December 2004 until May 2006.
The son of Civil Service Permanent Secretary
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 Sir Richard Clarke
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, Charles Clarke was born in London. He attended the fee-paying Highgate School
Highgate School
-Notable members of staff and governing body:* John Ireton, brother of Henry Ireton, Cromwellian General* 1st Earl of Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice, owner of Kenwood, noted for judgment finding contracts for slavery unenforceable in English law* T. S...

 where he was Head Boy
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. He then read Mathematics and Economics at King's College
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, Cambridge
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, where he also served as the President of the Cambridge Students' Union
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I don’t mind there being some medievalists around for ornamental purposes, but there is no reason for the State to pay for them.

Speech at University College, Worcester, April 2003 (Reported in the Times Educational Supplement, May 2003)

I am not in any way opposed to medieval studies (or for that matter Latin).

Education Secretary Clarke, Letter to the Guardian, May 2003

The fact is, we're looking for a very small number of very evil needles in a very large haystack, which is the city of London.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke, BBC radio, July 2005 following the London bombings