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Top Tory's 25-year Moray whisky vow


By Alistair Whitfield


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ONE of the leading political figures of the last half century was in Moray yesterday to fulfil a long-held promise.

Ken Clarke was Chancellor of the Exchequer when, on May 13, 1994, he was originally welcomed to Glenfarclas Distillery near Aberlour.

During that visit the Tory Cabinet member laid a cask of whisky, vowing he would never open it again while the SNP still held power in the constituency.

Exactly 25 years on from that day Mr Clarke was back again at the distillery yesterday in the company of Douglas Ross, Moray's serving MP and a fellow Conservative.

The whisky, provisionally known as "Chancellor's Cask", will be bottled and go on sale, with all proceeds going to a charity of his choice.

Mr Clarke (78) is now the Father of the House at Westminster, having been a serving MP since 1970.

As well as Chancellor, he has also been Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor, Education Secretary and Health Secretary. He contested the Conservative Party leadership on three different occasions – in 1997, 2001 and 2005.

Kenneth Clarke at Glenfarclas Distillery where he opened a cask of whisky which he filled and sealed 25 years earlier. Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.043932.
Kenneth Clarke at Glenfarclas Distillery where he opened a cask of whisky which he filled and sealed 25 years earlier. Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.043932.


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