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Ken Clarke Wins Oldie Of The Year (And Baroness Trumpington Gets Peer Of The Year)

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Ken Clarke has had more than his fair share of accolades - the Justice secretary is a former barrister and president of the Cambridge union, plus he's held two of the four offices of state.

Now the 71-year-old has been awarded Oldie of the Year, after the eponymous magazine decided he displayed "all the characteristics of a cast-iron Oldie."

Channel 4 News' Jon Snow, a member of the judging panel, said Clarke was a "survivor."

"He's been an MP for 40 years. Only [Sir] Peter Tapsell has served longer. He's held ministerial Cabinet posts on and off for more than 30 years.

"He survived Ted Heath, Mrs Thatcher, and John Major. Not only is he justifiably and prominently the Oldie of the Year, but he is also the political survivor of the year."

The panel, chaired by Terry Wogan, also included Dame Joan Bakewell, founding Oldie editor Richard Ingrams, Maureen Lipman and the writer Russell Twisk.

Fellow parliamentarian Baroness Trumpington also triumphed at the awards.

The 89 year old was named peer of the year after being spotted flicking the V-sign at her colleague Lord King.

Other winners include Roy Hudd as Diamond Oldie Geezer of the Year, Ken Loach as Movie Man of the Year, Peregrine Worsthorne as Fashion Icon of the Year, Hetty Bower as Campaigner of the Year and Roger Allsopp as Cross-Channel Swimmer of the Year.

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