Like most public figures, Ken Clarke has acquired a myth or two. One popular misconception about the former chancellor of the exchequer is that he only wears Hush Puppy shoes; another that he refuses to drink anything but beer.
The truth is that he "wears brown suede shoes [i.e. not Hush Puppies] 90 per cent of the time" and "actually rather likes red wine". Another myth that he’s keen to dispel is that Brexit will be anything but damaging to the UK economy.
A life-long Europhile, Clarke was part of the Ted Heath government when the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973 - something he describes as Heath’s finest hour - and was a vocal champion for remain in the Brexit debate that dominated his last few years in Westminster.