Paul Clark (politician)

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Paul Clark
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
In office
5 October 2008 – 6 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Tom Harris
Succeeded by Norman Baker
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister
In office
6 May 2005 – 27 June 2007
Appointed by John Prescott
Preceded by David Watts
Succeeded by Norman Lamb (2010)[a]
Member of Parliament
for Gillingham
In office
1 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by James Couchman
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Majority 254 (0.6%)
Personal details
Born (1957-04-29) 29 April 1957 (age 60)
Gillingham, England
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Julie Clark; 2 children
Residence Gillingham, England
Alma mater Keele University, University of Derby
a. ^ Office vacant from 27 June 2007 to 12 May 2010.

Paul Gordon Clark (born 29 April 1957) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gillingham from 1997 to 2010. During his time in government Paul Clark served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Derry Irvine, Charles Falconer, John Prescott, and Ed Balls, before being promoted in 2008 to the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. In the 2010 election Clark was defeated by the Conservative candidate Rehman Chishti in the newly formed constituency of Gillingham and Rainham.


Clark was educated at Featherby Infants and Junior Schools and Gillingham Grammar School. He went on to gain a BA in economics and politics at Keele University in 1980. At university he became a sabbatical officer as Student Union Secretary. Later he studied for a diploma in management studies at the University of Derby in 1997. In 2011 Paul Clark was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Greenwich.


Paul Clark first became MP for Gillingham in the Labour landslide in the 1997 general election where he overturned a Conservative majority of 16,638. He had two further successful campaigns for Parliament in 2001 and 2005. Before becoming MP for Gillingham he had been on Gillingham Borough Council from 1982 until 1990 as a Labour councillor. From 1983 until 1989 he was deputy leader of the local party, and was elected leader in 1989. In 1990 he was elected by the Gillingham Labour Party to stand as the parliamentary candidate. His career prior to becoming an MP was with the AEEU and then the TUC.[1]

After being elected in 1997 Paul Clark was PPS to Lord Irvine of Lairg, the Lord Chancellor, then PPS to Lord Falconer of Thoroton in the Department for Transport and later the Home Office. Clark was finally promoted to the Whips' office between 2003-05. After the 2005 election he became PPS to deputy prime minister John Prescott until 2007, then PPS to Ed Balls in the Department for Children, Schools and Families. In October 2008 he was promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Transport, where his responsibilities included international networks, road safety and motoring and freight services agencies.

Since leaving Parliament Paul Clark has established Gateway Associates, a company which draws on the skills and experience of policy, government and communications experts to help organisations from a variety of industries and sectors communicate with Westminster and Whitehall and inform Central Government’s decision making processes.

In 2013 Paul Clark was selected by Gillingham and Rainham Labour Party as PPC for the 2015 general election.

In 2017, Clark released a statement stating that he would not be running in the 2017 general election. [2]

Personal life[edit]

Paul married Julie Hendrick in 1980. They have a daughter Rachel and a son James.


  1. ^ They Work For You profile
  2. ^ "Paul Clark on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Couchman
Member of Parliament for Gillingham
Constituency abolished
see Gillingham & Rainham