Tony Clarke, Baron Clarke of Hampstead

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The Lord Clarke of Hampstead

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Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
29 July 1998
Monarch Elizabeth II
Personal details
Anthony James Clarke

(1932-04-17) 17 April 1932 (age 88)
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Anthony James Clarke, Baron Clarke of Hampstead, CBE (called Tony; [1] born 17 April 1932) is an English trade unionist and Labour Party politician.


Union roles

A former telegraph boy and postman, in 1979 Clarke became a full-time official of the Union of Postal Workers, which in 1980 became the Union of Communication Workers (UCW). He edited the UPW journal "The Post" in 1979, and served as the UCW's Deputy General Secretary from 1981 to 1993.

Labour Party chairmanship

Clarke was a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee from 1983 to 1993, and served as Chairman of The Labour Party from 1992 to 1993.

House of Lords

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1998 New Year Honours. [2] He was created a life peer on 29 July 1998, as Baron Clarke of Hampstead, of Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden. [3] He chaired the Taskforce established to investigate the causes of the disturbances in Burnley in 2001.

In May 2009 he admitted that he "fiddled" his expenses to make up for not being paid a salary. [4]

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  1. Ham & High — Lord defies fellow Labour peers & The Telegraph — Clarke of Hampstead admitted ‘terrible error’ (Accessed 8 April 2018)
  2. "No. 54993". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1997. p. 8.
  3. "No. 55213". The London Gazette . 3 August 1998. p. 8431.
  4. ml, Lord Clarke of Hampstead admitted 'terrible error' : MPs' expenses, Daily Telegraph 19 November 2009, Accessed 11 July 2014]
Political offices
Preceded by
John Evans
Chair of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
David Blunkett
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Alan Tuffin
Deputy General Secretary of the Union of Communication Workers
Succeeded by
Derek Hodgson
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Warner
Baron Clarke of Hampstead
Followed by
The Lord Christopher