Former Tesco chief Phil Clarke dropped from David Cameron's business council

His successor at the troubled grocer, Dave Lewis, has not taken his place

Gideon Spanier
Monday 20 October 2014 15:03
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Former Tesco chief executive Phil Clarke left  the company in July
Former Tesco chief executive Phil Clarke left the company in July

Former Tesco chief executive Phil Clarke has suffered a fresh blow as he has been dropped as one of David Cameron’s business advisers, The Independent can reveal.

Tesco confirmed Clarke’s membership of the Prime Minister’s business advisory group “ended when he ceased to be the chief executive” on 1 September. His successor at the troubled grocer, Dave Lewis, has not taken his place.

Clarke joined Cameron’s high-powered council of business advisers in 2012 as one of 16 chief executives and business leaders who were picked from across British industry.

Clarke, to some people’s surprise, replaced Justin King — then chief executive at rival Sainsbury’s — on Cameron’s advisory group.

Those close to Tesco suggested that Clarke’s exit from the No. 10 group was expected because he was no longer in a leadership role, but that not been a bar for some other members.

For instance, John Wright was billed as the “immediate past chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses” when he joined the No. 10 advisory group in 2010 when Cameron originally set it up.It is thought Cameron is likely to reshuffle the membership imminently as part of a shake-up every two years.

Angela Ahrendts has been a member since 2010 but this year moved from Burberry to run retail for Apple in America.

Downing Street did not immediately respond to calls.

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