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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 her time as Secretary of State for International Development, with details of Clare’s activities since leaving Parliament.


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Clare signs letter condemning far-right violence against trade unionists at recent protest.

During a Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) march on Saturday 14 July 2018 organised by the trade unions RMT and Unite, several protestors were attacked ...
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/ anti-racism, Blog

Beyond Trump’s ‘deal of the century’.

Introduction In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, published on November 11, 2016, a few weeks before his inauguration, President Donald Trump said that ...
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Israeli racism.

The author of this disturbing article is Alan Brownfield, editor of the quarterly journal of the American Council for Judaism. I am afraid he would ...
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/ anti-racism, Blog, Israel-Palestine
Houses of Parliament

The House Magazine interview.

What are you up to? I am a chair of a partnership of all sorts of organisations, based in Brussels, on a UN platform about ...
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/ biography, Interviews
Great Wall of China

The US and China: the dangers.

Here is an excellent article by Chas Freeman who is a former US diplomat of wide experience and wisdom.  It is well worth a read ...
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/ Blog, China
A receipt from Oxfam

Oxfam scandal.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee report of July 1 2016 quotes the estimate that around 11% of British men aged 16 -74 ...
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/ Blog, International development, Oxfam
Old Votes for Women poster.

The Suffragettes.

I went on 15th February to a meeting of the Handsworth choir which was commemorating some women, at last, getting the vote in the UK ...
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/ Blog, feminism
An RAF C-17 aircaft in Kathmundu Nepal on the 29 April 2015 delivering vital UK Aid.

Reflections on aid fifteen years later.

I went back to the LSE on 2nd February to give a talk as one in a series to students studying development.  I based my ...
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/ Blog, foreign aid

About Clare

Read Clare’s full biography.

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Women with linked arms surrounding nuclear test plant.

Women and civil disobedience.

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 ...
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/ Essays, feminism
Two large piles of documents in black and white.

Chilcot is longer than the Harry Potter books put together.

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 ...
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/ Chilcot Report, Interviews, Iraq
Piles of cash notes.

How can the international community do more to tackle corruption?

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 ...
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The face of an anguished child within a human eye.

Aid: moral duty or national self-interest?

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 ...
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The forces shaping radical politics today.

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 ...
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/ economics, environment, Essays, UK Politics
Tower of London about to be hit by large tsunami wave.

Apocalypse now: global equity and sustainable living.

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 ...
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Two hands reaching out from cells to grasp each other one. One sleeve displays the Irish tricolour, the other sleeve displays the Palestinian flag.

Irish terrorism and Irish peace.

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 ...
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/ Articles, Irish Politics, terrorism
Middle Eastern refugees queuing.

The dangers of a broken multilateral system in a divided world.

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 ...
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Current work

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.

 

Urbanisation

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.

Read Clare’s work on urbanisation.

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.

Read Clare’s work on the environment.

Transparency in the extractive industries

Developing countries are subjects of a ‘resource paradox’ – states which possess vast natural resources in oil, gas, and minerals have weaker economies than states who lack these resources. This is caused by corruption and weak government infrastructure, along with the competing interests of foreign investors and local stakeholders. During her tenure as Chair of the EITI (2011-2016), Clare worked to encourage governments to commit to make public details of their transactions with the extractive industry and their management of natural resources.

Read Clare’s work on extractive transparency.

Israel-Palestine

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 possible but argues that Israel’s ongoing settlement policy, militarism and undermining of international law prevent its fulfilment.

Read Clare’s work on Israel-Palestine.

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 through the distribution of grants, the sharing of information between local governments and the development of national policy frameworks.
Clare is a patron of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. The ICAHD is a Palestinian 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 Trustee of the Welfare Association, a UK 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 the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty which seeks to raise awareness of ways in which developing countries can achieve inclusive economic growth through trade.
Clare is Trustee of Africa Humanitarian Action, 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.

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