Clarke loses hedge fund job as credit crunch hits politicians – The shadow business secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has become the latest victim of the credit crunch after losing his job on the board of a hedge fund, the Guardian has learned.

Clarke, who was parachuted back on to the Tory frontbench to beef up the party’s handling of the financial crisis, has been axed from the board of Centaurus Capital as the sector faces its worst crisis in decades.

The hedge fund, which like other investment companies faces huge withdrawals of cash from clients anxious about plunging stock markets, has scrapped its advisory board, which also included José María Aznar, the former Spanish prime minister.

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