Charlie Falconer was a commercial barrister before his old flatmate Tony Blair appointed him Lord Chancellor. He reflects on how politics is the only profession with an opposition, whose chief purpose is to badmouth you and hire pollsters to prove that nobody likes you.
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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