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Lord Chancellor

head of the English judicial system and an important member of the government, remarkably contrary to any notion of separation of powers. He sits on the woolsack when in the House of Lords. He has a very heavy administrative responsibility for the whole justice system in England. The Lord Chancellor at the time of writing also holds the office of Minister for Constitutional Affairs, suggesting that in due course the administration of justice functions of the Lord Chancellor may fall within a kind of ‘Ministry of Justice’.
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The person responsible was none other than the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC, MP, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain.
He became Lord High Chancellor of Sweden from 1612 until his death and was the confidant of King Gustav II Adolph and later of Queen Christina.
The Prime Minister and Tory leader David Cameron led MPs to the Upper House where they stood at the back as Justice Secretary Jack Straw, in his incarnation as Lord High Chancellor, presented the Queen with her speech.
The Lord High Chancellor has a Gordon Brown accent, great stuff, and there are references to Posh and Becks, and also the Tory party leadership race.
He said, ``I, Charles Leslie, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, do swear by Almighty God that I will well and truly serve our sovereign Queen Elizabeth II in the office of Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain and I will do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of this realm without fear or favour, affection or ill will.
Originally called the Lord High Chancellor and Keeper of the Great Seal, the Lord Chancellor was a key figure in the regular tussles for power between the Monarch and the ruling classes.
The radical reorganisation also spells the end for the ancient post of Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, which has its origins 1,398 years ago,and pre-dates even that of Prime Minister.