Press release

Kenneth Clarke appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour

The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP to the Order of the Companions of Honour.

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


The Prime Minister requested the honour be granted following the recent government reshuffle, in recognition of Kenneth Clarke’s longstanding public service to the country.

Notes to editors

Companions of Honour

The Order was instituted in 1917. The Order consists of The Sovereign and 65 members.

The Order of the Companions of Honour is conferred on people for recognised services of national importance, for a pre-eminent and sustained contribution in the arts, science, medicine or government.

Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “CH”.

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP

Kenneth Clarke QC MP was appointed Minister without Portfolio in September 2012.

Kenneth Clarke was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from May 2010 to September 2012.

Other positions he has held include:

  • Secretary of State for Health 1988 to 1990
  • Secretary of State for Education and Science 1990 to 1992
  • Home Secretary 1992 to 1993
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer 1993 to 1997

He is the Conservative MP for Rushcliffe.

Published 22 July 2014