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.


Recent posts

Orthodox Cathedral, Russia

Visit to Russia: notes from my travels

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 ...
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Evictions and the global development architecture

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 ...
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Aerial view of Tunis, Tunisia

Cities Alliance visit to Tunisia.

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 ...
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/ Blog, Cities Alliance, Middle East

The Sermon on the Mount: the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the state of Britain and the world

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 ...
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Clare’s book banned from the Guantanamo Bay detainee library.

This week the Independent reported that Clare's 2004 book An Honourable Deception? New Labour, Iraq, and the Misuse of Power is on the list of proscribed ...
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/ Blog

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
Flower growing from desert.

Power, conflict and cooperation.

This theme is an interesting challenge for me. Politics is of course focused on power- not just who will win the election and take over the ...
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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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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.



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 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.

Read Clare’s work on extractive transparency.


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.

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.

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.