Press release

Appointment of international anti-corruption champion

Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke appointed UK anti-corruption champion.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has today been announced as the United Kingdom’s new international anti-corruption champion.

This demonstrates the coalition government’s clear commitment to transparency and accountability and recognises the significant cost of international corruption to our economy.

Kenneth Clarke said:

‘I will be working closely with colleagues across departments, devolved administrations, law enforcement, prosecution authorities and regulatory agencies to ensure a coherent and joined-up approach to combat international corruption.

‘The champion role sends out a clear message that the UK coalition government will not tolerate bribery or corruption and that we will work together to stamp out these practices across the board.’

The international anti-corruption champion will ensure the effective implementation of the Bribery Act 2010, legislation which will help to achieve the highest in international standards and demonstrates cross-party commitment to the fight against bribery.

The appointment of anti-corruption champion is a personal appointment by the Prime Minister.

Published 15 June 2010