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.