Clare Foges

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Clare Foges is a former speechwriter for UK prime minister David Cameron from 2009 tuntil after the 2015 general election.[1] She is praised with drafting his much anticipated speech on Europe in January 2013.

She is now a columnist for The Times.


Foges first worked in the Westminster office of John Hayes (MP for South Holland and The Deepings) in 2006. She went on to work full-time on Boris Johnson’s mayoral campaign. [2]

Foges went to a comprehensive school, gaining a first in English at Southampton University before studying for her Masters in Poetry at Bristol. [3]

As Cameron's speechwriter Foges was paid an annual salary of £70,000. [4]

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  1. Steer Pike Cameron’s former speechwriter Clare Foges launches attack on Tories Spectator, 9 June 2015, accessed 10 June 2015.
  2. Claire Foges, BBC, accessed 18 September 2014.
  3. Andrew Pierce Revealed: The raven-haired poet (and former ice cream seller) who wrote the PM's big Europe speech The Daily Mail, 24 January 2013, accessed 10 October 2014
  4. Special advisers in post, 30 November 2014 GOV.UK, accessed 28 April 2015