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Greg Clark

Position: Department for Communities and Local Government 2010-

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

  • MP for Tunbridge Wells since 2005.
  • Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, with special responsibility for Decentralisation and Planning.
  • An economist by training with a doctorate from LSE.
  • Before entering politics he was a strategic consultant with Boston Consulting Group and Head of Commercial Policy at the BBC.
  • From 1996 to 1997 Greg had his first experience of government as Special Adviser to Ian Lang who was then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
  • From 2001 to 2005 GC was Head of Policy for the Conservative Party. During that time he oversaw some radical thinking on alternatives to taxpayer-funding of the NHS, an overhaul of the charitable sector and an agenda for localism, entitled ‘Total Politics’.
  • ‘Total Politics’ was a critique of Labour’s targets culture, its tendency to cenrtralisation and its politicisation of the bureaucracy. As a guide to what GC will do as Minister for Decentralisation it remains indispensable (even though it was first written in 2002). Copies of the paper grace most desks of senior staff at DCLG.
  • Greg is on the pragmatic Right of the Conservative Party. Although he backed David Davis for the Tory leadership in 2005 he is not seen as tribal. He was an effective Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change but lost a seat at the Cabinet table because of the Coalition deal. He is a hot tip to return to the top table in the future.
  • Alongside Michael Gove and Nick Herbert he is one of the party’s most innovative thinkers. Behind-the-scenes he is set to be an important player in devising policy ideas for years three, four and five of the Coalition government.
  • Greg Clark’s key adviser is Peter Franklin. PF has written detailed policy papers over the years for Oliver Letwin, Iain Duncan Smith and Tim Yeo. He has been an important influence on the party’s social justice and environmental agendas in opposition. PF first worked with GC in the Conservative Party’s Policy Unit and then joined his parliamentary operation in 2005. Although based in the Commons, PF still works closely with GC on speeches, policy and strategy.

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