Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Ken Clarke
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Justice Secretary Ken Clarke explains his black eye

Ken Clarke - well known as one of Westminster's political bruisers - has been explaining how he got a black eye.

The justice secretary was sporting the shiner at a news conference with the prime minister on Friday morning.

David Cameron joked that the pair had not been fighting, after Mr Clarke introduced him at the "No to AV" event.

Mr Clarke told BBC News he fell over getting out of his car in the grounds of Parliament and hit his forehead on a step.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham that his bruising was getting worse.

  • 18 Feb 2011