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Clare Short

John Wilson takes Clare Short back through her life as captured in the BBC Archive to reflect on a career that has spanned Page 3 girls, two wars and the odd resignation.

High-profile figures, in conversation with John Wilson, replay their own sound archive and use it as a basis for a re-examination of their lives.

Clare Short has spent her life in the public eye, never less than passionate and never short of opinions. From her first appearance as a community activist in the early 1980s, through to her announcement that she will be standing down as an MP at the next election, her career has always been controversial. What does she think now of her early causes: her opposition to Page 3 and support for the legalisation of cannabis? And what of those resignations? Was she really, as she claimed at the time, 'making a sacrifice to a higher purpose' by staying inside the Cabinet despite her opposition to the Iraq War?

As Clare meets herself coming back over nearly 30 years of sound recordings, is she proud, pleased, or driven, as she says she often is, to think, 'Oh, shut up Clare', for her insistance on always speaking up, even when staying quiet might be a wiser choice?

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Mon 31 Aug 2009 15:00

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