I have got to know both these fascinating characters over the last few years and both will be sorely missed. Ken Clarke has been a Minister or Shadow Minister for 40+ years. Both were brilliant Ministers, great campaigners, and genuinely decent people
With his love of beer, cricket, jazz and hush puppies Ken always had a hinterland - something which is so important in this job. As to William Hague you never met a wiser man, a more hard working Foreign Secretary and also one of the best and funniest speakers I have ever heard. William is standing down in 2015. My understanding is that Ken will fight the next election.