Michael Clark (British politician)

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Michael Clark
Member of Parliament
for Rayleigh
Rochford (1983-1997)
In office
9 June 1983 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Constituency Established
Succeeded by Mark Francois
Personal details
Born (1935-08-08) 8 August 1935 (age 81)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater King's College London
University of Minnesota
St John's College, Cambridge

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

Early life[edit]

He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Retford and King's College London where he graduated with a BSc 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.

Political career[edit]

Clark 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, and for Rayleigh from 1997 until he stood down at the 2001 general election.

He is a Fellow of his alma mater, King's College London. The current Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, began his Parliamentary career working as a researcher for Michael Clark.[2]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Constituency
Member of Parliament for Rochford
Succeeded by
Constituency Abolished
Preceded by
New Constituency
Member of Parliament for Rayleigh
Succeeded by
Mark Francois