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Veteran Ken Clarke ready for final tilt at election

By Alexander Britton

Longstanding Conservative Ken Clarke will stand to be an MP in June's snap general election, his office has said.

Clarke, the Father of the House, has represented the Nottinghamshire constituency of Rushcliffe since 1970.

The former Chancellor had previously suggested he would be stepping down at the next election, which was due in 2020, when he would be only a few weeks shy of 50 years in Westminster.

Speaking in June 2016, the 76-year-old said: "I have told the officers of my constituency association that once we have finished the boundary changes they had better start choosing my successor. I will not stand again. This is my last Parliament."

However, a snap poll will be held on June 8 after MPs backed the call for a general election, with Mr Clarke's office confirming he intends to seek his party's nomination. His office told the Press Association: "He's putting himself forward to be the Conservative candidate for Rushcliffe in June."

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