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Short, Clare, b. 1946 (politician)



  • Existence: 1946    


Clare Short was born 15 February 1946, the daughter of Frank Short and Joan Short; she was educated at the University of Keele and University of Leeds (taking a degree in Political Science). In 1981 she married Alexander Ward Lyon (who died in 1993), sometime MP for York, who had one son by a previous marriage.

Clare Short's career included: Home Office, 1970–75; Director, All Faiths for One Race, Birmingham, 1976–78; Director, Youth Aid and the Unemployment Unit, 1979–83. MP for Birmingham, Ladywood, 1983–2010 (Labour, 1983–2006, Independent, 2006–10). She was Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race Relations, 1985–86; Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, 1983–85; front bench spokesperson on employment, 1985–88, on social security, 1989–91, on environmental protection, 1993, on women, 1993–95, on transport, 1995–96, and on overseas development, 1996–97; Secretary of State for International Development, 1997–2003. She was also a member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee, 1988–98.

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Transcript of interview: Ann Grant, 2021

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 205
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.

Dates: 2021
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.