Clive was first elected as MP for Norwich South in May 2015 and was re-elected with a doubled majority in the June 2017 General Election.
Clive was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence in June 2016 and in the October 2016 reshuffle was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Clive resigned from the Shadow Cabinet on 8 February 2017 in protest over the Labour Party's decision to whip its MPs into voting to trigger Article 50. He said at the time that:
“When I became the MP for Norwich South I promised my constituents I would be Norwich’s voice in Westminster, not Westminster’s voice in Norwich. I therefore cannot, in all good conscience, vote for something I believe ultimately goes against the wishes and interests of the constituency I have the honour to represent, love and call home.”
Clive has lived in Norwich since 2001.
An associate governor of Thorpe St Andrew School, he’s also worked with schools and charities helping some of the city’s most disadvantaged children. Clive was also one of the last Labour Government’s National Black Role Models – working with young people across the UK.
Clive is passionate about Norwich’s developing scientific centres of excellence. He supports institutions such as the Norwich Research Park in its aim of developing the city’s future by creating and supporting new companies and jobs based on world-leading bioscience.
Wages in Norwich have historically lagged behind the national average and Clive has been at the centre of a broad coalition of trade unions, faith groups, businesses and academics working for a Living Wage across the city.
Clive is an ardent supporter of high quality public services and has led a high profile campaign against the privatisation of local NHS services. He’s also worked with local campaign groups and trade unions for public ownership of the failing privatised rail industry.
Clive has been a BBC TV News reporter for more than a decade starting out as a BBC News Trainee , eventually becoming the BBC eastern region’s chief political reporter. He currently works in a non-editorial role at the BBC in Norwich. A former army reservist, he served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009. He opposed the Iraq War and supports nuclear disarmament
Born in London, Clive grew up on a council estate in Northampton. He attended a local comprehensive, becoming the first member of his family to attend university. He read economics at the University of Bradford before being elected student union president; and eventually Vice President of the National Union of Students (NUS).
Clive is also a proud supporter of Norwich City Football Club with a season ticket in the Barclay End.