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Great Offices of State: Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind gave a lecture on the role of the foreign secretary as part of the Speaker's Great Offices of State lecture series in the state apartments of the Palace of Westminster, on 24 April 2012.

The lecture series takes a look at the key roles in government aside from the prime minister - the chancellor of the exchequer, the foreign secretary and the home secretary.

Sir Malcolm served as foreign secretary between 1995 and 1997.

He was one of only four ministers to serve throughout the Thatcher and Major governments.

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