Welcome to the official website of Clare Short, home of her collected articles, interviews, speeches and correspondence from across her twenty-seven years as MP for Birmingham Ladywood and details of her work since leaving Parliament.
I went recently to Berlin and visited the Willy Brandt exhibition on Unter den Linden. It reminds you of the times when there were inspiring ...Read more
Mrs May wins the title for blinkered stubbornness, some call it guts and determination. From the start she drew hard red lines to please the ...Read more
The former head of the U.K. Department for International Development, Clare Short, said she thinks the government is more likely to scrap the 0.7 percent spending ...Read more
The muddle and mess over how to handle Brexit has damaged the reputation of both parties and of politicians in general. The fundamental lesson is ...Read more
I visited St. Petersburg and Moscow at the end of August with a small group organised by The Nation, a progressive American magazine. The visit ...Read more
We are living in strange times. There is a general mood of disillusionment and pessimism, at least in Europe. In fact, according to the Pew ...Read more
I have recently returned from a visit to Tunisia. I went as Chair of the Cities Alliance. We visited an inland city, one of eight ...Read more
I am very honoured to have been invited to address the Birmingham St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) annual festival gathering, not least because both ...Read more
The most famous women's movement committed to civil disobedience in the UK, prior to the Greenham Common Women, were the Suffragettes. They became frustrated at ...Read More
My first glimpse of Clare Short’s face across the hotel lobby sparks a rush of the sort of affection ordinarily reserved for a much-loved, long-lost ...Read More
Prefatory Note On 27th September 2015 I received a letter from David Cameron thanking me for agreeing to contribute a chapter to a book he ...Read More
Today I want to discuss the ethics behind our international development policy. If I ask, is it is our moral duty to reach out to ...Read More
Introduction We need to begin by clarifying what we mean by radical politics. It is often assumed that radical politics are progressive politics and tend ...Read More
It is notable, that for much of human history, people have thought that they faced an apocalyptical challenge.40% of Americans currently say that they believe ...Read More
On Thursday 21 November 1974, bombs exploded within minutes of each other in two Birmingham city centre pubs. Bodies and body parts were blasted across ...Read More
These are depressing times. But the situation is not hopeless. There are ways of managing all the threats we face. The problem is that the ...Read More
Since leaving Parliament Clare has worked as chair of many non-governmental advocacy groups, working with communities across the developing world on the following issues.
Mass urbanisation is one of the defining issues of our times. By 2030 two-thirds of the global population will be living in cities yet the vast majority of city dwellers in the developing world live in slums, without access to proper housing and basic infrastructure and services.
Whilst the mismanagement of urban regions contributes to systemic global inequality, in economic terms, urbanisation tends to promote growth. Clare works with the Cities Alliance and other advocacy groups for slum-dwellers to campaign for improvements in urban policy and planning so that cities can serve as poles for international development in the global south.
Consequences of climate change
The catastrophic effects of climate change and man-made environmental degradation are already being registered. In the developing world, lack of adequate public infrastructure and investment means that the poor will suffer most.
Following the work of environmental theorist, Lester Brown, Clare believes that our failure to act to create a more effective global system could lead to a very ugly future, as millions are displaced as a result of climate change, more states collapse into weakness and disorder and wars are fought over water and oil. Clare argues that we must face up to the reality of this dreadful prospect so that we determine to redouble our efforts to avoid such a future.
Transparency in the extractive industries
Developing countries often possess vast natural resources but are poorer than comparable states which lack these resources. During her tenure as Chair of the EITI (2011-2016), Clare worked to encourage governments and corporations to make public details of their transactions with the extractive industry and their management of natural resources.
Throughout her career Clare has remained a committed advocate of Palestinian self-determination and emancipation, and has worked with numerous charities and organisations committed to improving living conditions in the occupied territories. Clare believes that a two-state solution to the conflict is becoming impossible because of Israel’s ongoing settlement policy, militarism and undermining of international law.
Clare works with the following organisations.
Clare is Chair of the Cities Alliance
, a global partnership formed jointly by the World Bank and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements.
The Alliance aims to reduce urban poverty in the developing world and to promote the role of cities in advancing sustainable development.
Clare is a patron of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
. The ICAHD is an Israeli advocacy group dedicated to non-violent direct action against the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories. It campaigns in support of human rights in the region and seeks to educate the UK public about the realities of life for Palestinians within Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.
Clare is Chair of the UK arm of the Welfare Association
, a charity which works to support the marginalised Palestinian communities of the West Bank, Gaza and the refugee camps in Lebanon. The Association provides emergency relief in times of crisis, health and education services and promotes sustainable development programmes in the region.
Clare is Trustee of Africa Humanitarian Action
, an organisation led and staffed by Africans which was established in 1994 in response to the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide. The AHA continues to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and local communities across Africa.