Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark was a British Conservative Member of Parliament, author and diarist. He served as a junior minister in Margaret Thatcher’s governments at the Departments of Employment, Trade and Defence. He became a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 1991. He was the author of several books of military history, including his controversial work The Donkeys, which inspired the musical satire Oh, What a Lovely War! Clark became known for his flamboyance, wit, irreverence and keen support of animal rights. Norman Lamont called him “the most politically incorrect, outspoken, iconoclastic and reckless politician of our times”. Clark is particularly remembered for his three-volume Alan Clark Diaries, which contains a candid account of political life under Thatcher and a moving description of the weeks preceding his death, when he continued to write until he could no longer focus on the page.
|Born:||Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, 13 April 1928, Paddington, London|
|Died:||September 5, 1999, Saltwood Castle, Saltwood, Kent|
|Alma mater:||Christ Church, Oxford|
|Preceded by:||David Trefgarne|
|Succeeded by:||Jonathan Aitken|
About Alan Clark
From the mid 1970s until the late 1990s, this Conservative Party politician served the Plymouth Sutton and Kensington & Chelsea constituencies in the British Parliament. He went on to serve as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher‘s Minister of State for Trade and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology.
After studying history at Christ Church, Oxford University and subsequently training as a barrister, he decided to pursue a career as a military historian.
Apart from his political career, he was an animal rights activist, diarist, and the author of a controversial historical work titled The Donkeys.
The son of Irishwoman Elizabeth Martin Clark and art historian Kenneth Clark, he grew up in London with siblings named Colin and Colette. He and his wife, Jane, raised two children and were married from 1958 until his death of brain cancer in 1999.
He is portrayed by actor John Hurt in the 2004 BBC biopic The Alan Clark Diaries.
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