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The former Lord Chancellor began as a commercial barrister, and flatmate of Tony Blair. As Charlie Falconer QC, he worked on some of the most significant legal cases of the day, including Maxwell, before joining the government as Solicitor General.
Falconer's brief parliamentary career has been just as rich and varied, with ministerial responsibility for housing, regeneration and finally constitutional affairs. He was the last Lord Chancellor and the first ever Secretary of State for Justice, and remains a keen advocate of judicial and public service reform.
Known as an acute and amusing observer of political life. the most telling description of Falconer comes from Alastair Campbell's diaries: "Charlie is a mess, covered in ink but hilariously funny with a fierce intelligence. He went through the Shadow Cabinet and had us all falling off chairs - but he also gave TB a real grilling."
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I learned a lot from Lord Irvine - a fearless man who never sucked up. I remember him explaining to a client that because of his dishonesty he had absolutely no chance of winning the case. The client said crossly 'I didn't come here to be gratuitously insulted!' Derry replied 'Gratuitously? This is costing you £2500 an hour...'
We desperately need a new politics - inevitably that means more search for agreement and less party control. We need to dispel the impression that politics is about the nerds battling it out against each other while the rest of the world gets on.