12 DEC 2013

Helen Grant welcomes Ken Clarke to Maidstone and The Weald

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, was delighted to welcome Ken Clarke MP, Minister without Portolio in the Cabinet, to Maidstone and The Weald on Thursday 12th December for a special Christmas fundraising event.

The yuletide evening, hosted by Helen Grant MP at Smiths Hall in West Farleigh, saw local people take the chance to meet and discuss an array of important issues with Mr Clarke, and partake in some festive refreshments.

Having first been elected in 1970, and subsequently becoming a minister in 1972, Kenneth Clarke is now the fifth longest serving cabinet minister in the modern era. He has served in the Cabinet as Education Secretary, Health Secretary, Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and most recently Justice Secretary, before being appointed to his new role.

During the event, Mr Clarke spoke in detail about the importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in creating growth and jobs in the UK. In response, Helen Grant MP took the opportunity to highlight the great work of Anno Distillers, a small spirits producer based in Marden, and presented Mr Clarke with a bottle of their Anno Gin.

Speaking after the fundraiser, Helen Grant MP said:

"It was a pleasure to have Ken come down and visit our lovely constituency. He has had an illustrious and extraordinary career, and I am glad that so many local residents took up the opportunity to meet him and raise some very important subjects.

I was very happy to highlight our own Anno Distillers as a great example of an SME creating growth and jobs, and I hope that Ken enjoys the bottle of Anno Gin I was able to present him with."

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