Clare Short is a British politician, and a member of the Labour Party. She was the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood from 1983 to 2010; for most of this period she was a Labour Party MP, but she resigned as the party whip in 2006 and served the remainder of her term as an Independent. She stood down as a Member of Parliament at the 2010 general election.
After the 1997 UK general election the Overseas Development Administration was given full departmental status as the Department for International Development, with Ms Short as the first cabinet-level Secretary of State for International Development. She retained this post throughout the first term of the Labour government, and beyond the 2001 UK general election into the second. On 9 March 1999, she gave a speech entitled ‘Security Sector Reform and the Elimination of Poverty’. This talk marked the publication that day of DFID’s first policy statement on SSR.