Clare Short is a Labour Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Lady wood from 1983-2010; for most of this period she was a Labour Party MP, but she resigned 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. Short was Secretary of State for International Development in the Cabinet of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair from 3 May 1997 until her resignation from that post on 12 May 2003.
Shortly before her retirement from Parliament in 2010, she was strongly rebuked by her own party when she announced her support for a hung parliament, a situation which subsequently occurred at the 2010 general election.