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Is Ken Clarke the Tory Party's secret weapon?

At a time when David Cameron needs all the help he can get it is evident that Ken Clarke is coming more to the fore with many party members pushing him forward as a spokesperson on the economy and the spending habits of the Labour Party. Despite the fact that George Osborne is the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer it is noticeable that he has been very quiet on the economy over the last few days. So is Ken Clarke the Tory party's secret weapon?

Among a number of accusations hurled towards the Conservative party has been the relative lack of experience within the shadow cabinet. George Osborne is not held in the highest regard by the city and indeed there have been rumours of infighting within the party. It may be possible that Ken Clarke may have his eye on the position of shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer but many believe he is literally being wheeled out to try and win the election after which he will return to the backbenches.

The strategy of wheeling out Ken Clarke to combat the Labour PR machine has proved very successful over the last few days and his attack on Gordon Brown's spending in the past and his future plans has made headlines on a daily basis. Will the old stager finally take the spotlight?

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