There is one politician in Birmingham that you either love or hate. She
is well known and has left the Labour Party on more than one occassion
because she has the presence of mind to stand up for what she believes
matter what you might think of Clare Short, it would be wrong to assume
that she is just another politician that tows the party line and says
what she thinks people want to hear - she doesn't do that kind of
politics - how refreshing.
Short is currently an Independent Member of Parliament for Birmingham
Ladywood. Short was born in Birmingham to Irish Catholic
parents from Northern Ireland. She has always supported peace talks
with Sinn Fein even at the height of the IRA violence.
Short has always been controversial. She has campaigned against topless
photos in the national newspapers and yet called for the legalisation
humble beginings as a Private Secretary to a Conservative minister, she
came to the conclusion that she could do better. In 1983 she became the
Labour MP for Ladywood, an area where she grew up.
Short is one of the few MP's with the conviction to resign over her
objection to the 1990 Gulf War. In 2003 she was against Britain going
to war with Iraq without a United Nations mandate.
Short has written a book titled 'An Honourable Deception?' detailing
New Labour, Iraq, and the misuse of power. It was released in 2004 and
provides an account of her relationship with other
ministers, Tony Blair, and the build up to the invasion of
Short stood down as labour respresentative and announced that she would
sit as an Independent Labour MP. In recent times she has spoken at a
rally in Birmingham to support the people of Gaza against Israeli