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Michael Clark (British politician)

Dr Michael Clark (born 8 August 1935) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.[1]

Michael Clark
Michael Clarke MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Rayleigh
Rochford (1983-1997)
In office
9 June 1983 – 14 May 2001
Preceded byConstituency Established
Succeeded byMark Francois
Personal details
Born (1935-08-08) 8 August 1935 (age 84)
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Alma materKing's College London
University of Minnesota
St John's College, Cambridge

Early lifeEdit

He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School,East Retford and King's College London where he graduated with a BSc (1st class Hons) in Chemistry in 1956, and subsequently studied at the University of Minnesota before completing a PhD in Chemistry at St John's College, Cambridge in 1960. He worked for some years with ICI Plastics Division, initially as a Research Scientist but subsequently as a Factory Manager. Later he joined the motor industry, introducing plastics into the manufacture of cars and commercial vehicles. In 1969 he became a manufacturing consultant with the PA Consulting Group in London, becoming a Trustee 1994-2000.

Political careerEdit

Dr Clark held office at constituency level in Cambridgeshire between 1969-83 being County Treasurer 1975-78, and Chairman 1980-83. He first stood, unsuccessfully, at Ilkeston in 1979, being defeated by the Labour incumbent Ray Fletcher. He served as Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Rochford from 1983 until 1997, then, with its abolition, for the new constituency of Rayleigh from 1997 until he stood down at the 2001 general election.

In Parliament he was active in all matters involving science and technology joining, in 1983, the Energy Select Committee, becoming Chairman 1989-92. With the demise of that Committee he was elected Chairman of the All-Party Group for Energy Studies. From 1992-94 he served on the Trade and Industry Select Committee, then in the Labour Government of 1997 until his retirement he was Chairman of the Science and Technology Select Committee. From 1985-88 he was Hon Secretary of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee then Founding Treasurer and later Chairman ( 1993–97) of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, (P.O.S.T.).

Clark was Chairman of the British Russian Parliamentary Group 1994-2001 and British Venezuelan Parliamentary Group 1995-2001, having previously been Hon Secretary of the Nepalese and Malawi Parliamentary Groups. He was an Executive Member of the Inter Parliamentary Union, IPU, from 1987–94, being Chairman 1990-93.

He was invited to join the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen in 1997 chairing the House at the Committee stage of the Budget in 2001 just before retiring. He was elected to the Executive of the 1922 Committee in 1997. he also served (1995-2001) on the Advisory Panel of the Conservation Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Fulbright Commission. He was a national Vice-President of the UN50 celebrations in 1995.

Locally, he was President of many organisations including Arthritis Care, Ashingdon Carnival, Chelmsford Industrial Museum, Hawkwell Boys Football Club, Hockley and Hawkwell Old People's Welfare, Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Mayday Mobile, Rayleigh Brass, Rochford Civic Aid, Rochford District Mencap, South East Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Rayleigh St. John Ambulance Cadets.

He is a Fellow of his alma mater, King's College London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a Companion of the Institute of Energy.

The current Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, began his Parliamentary career working as a researcher for Michael Clark.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dr Michael Clark, former MP, Rayleigh".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Rochford
19831997
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Rayleigh
19972001
Succeeded by
Mark Francois