Clare Short

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Clare Short MP, "was Secretary of State for International Development from 1997 to May 2003. The Department for International Development (DFID) was a new Ministry created after the 1997 general election to promote policies for sustainable development and the elimination of poverty and it manages Britain’s programme of assistance to developing countries. Clare entered the House of Commons in 1983 as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Ladywood. From 1996 until the 1997 General Election she was Opposition spokesperson on Overseas Development. She was Shadow Minister for Women from 1993 to 1995 and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport from 1995 to 1996. She has been Opposition spokesperson on Environment Protection, Social Security and Employment. In November 2004, her book An Honourable Deception? New Labour, Iraq, and the Misuse of Power was published as an attempt to explain why Tony Blair did what he did on Iraq so that lessons about foreign policy can be learned." [1]


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  1. Schumacher College Past Teachers, organizational web page, accessed April 1, 2012.