Alan Clark

Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark (13 April 1928 – 5 September 1999) was a British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), 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.


Alan Clark
Clark appearing on Opinions in 1993
Minister of State for Defence Procurement
In office
25 July 1989  14 April 1992
Prime Minister
Preceded byThe Lord Trefgarne
Succeeded byJonathan Aitken
Minister of State for Trade
In office
24 January 1986  24 July 1989
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byPaul Channon
Succeeded byThe Lord Trefgarne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment
In office
13 June 1983  24 January 1986
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byPeter Morrison
Succeeded byIan Lang
Member of Parliament
for Kensington and Chelsea
In office
1 May 1997  5 September 1999
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byMichael Portillo
Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Sutton
In office
28 February 1974  9 April 1992
Preceded byDavid Owen
Succeeded byGary Streeter
Personal details
Born
Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark

13 April 1928
Paddington, London, England
Died5 September 1999(1999-09-05) (aged 71)
Saltwood, Kent, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
(Caroline) Jane Beuttler
(m. 1958)
[1]
Children2
Parents
RelativesColin Clark (brother)
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

He was the author of several books of military history, including his controversial work The Donkeys (1961), 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".[2] 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.