Labour member of parliament Paul Clark who represented Gillingham for 13 years has pleaded guilty to possessing pornographic images and six counts of distributing pornographic images of children.
During his time in government, Paul Clark served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Derry Irvine, Charles Falconer, John Prescott, and Ed Balls, before being promoted in 2008 to the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. Before becoming MP for Gillingham he had been on Gillingham Borough Council from 1982 until 1990 as a Labour councillor. From 1983 until 1989 he was deputy leader of the local party, and was elected leader in 1989. In 1990 he was elected by the Gillingham Labour Party to stand as the parliamentary candidate. His career prior to becoming an MP was with the AEEU and then the TUC.
After being elected in 1997 Paul Clark was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Irvine of Lairg, the Lord Chancellor, then Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Falconer of Thoroton in the Department for Transport and later the Home Office. Clark was finally promoted to the Whips’ office between 2003 and 2005. After the 2005 election he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to deputy prime minister John Prescott until 2007, then Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Balls in the Department for Children, Schools and Families. In October 2008 he was promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Transport.
Mr Clark appeared before Medway Magistrates and spoke only to confirm his name, age and address, before entering a guilty plea.
He’s been bailed and will appear later at Maidstone Crown Court.