Clarke is not so spooky

December 10, 2004

A story about Charles Clarke, the Education Secretary, and MI6 emerges from the pages of a new book about Tony Blair's court.

According to authors Francis Beckett and David Hencke, the Secret Intelligence Service offered Mr Clarke - then Neil Kinnock's chief-of-staff - a job after the 1992 general election. Mr Kinnock, the apparent source of the story, was even approached for reference.

It appears Mr Clarke turned down the chance to be a spook in favour of setting up a lobbying firm. But as David Blunkett's difficulties raise the possibility of a reshuffle, could Mr Clarke find himself in charge of the security services as Home Secretary?

Please login or register to read this article.

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

Universities in most nations are now obliged to prioritise graduate career prospects, but how it should be approached depends on your view of the meaning of education. Academics need to think that through much more clearly, says Tom Cutterham

Sponsored

Featured jobs