By Daniel Hunter

Ken Clarke has been handed a major new role as the UK's roving trade envoy.

The veteran minister, who has served in a number of capacities over the last four decades, most recently served as justice secretary.

In his new role he will focus on selling British expertise to emerging economies, in particular China and Brazil.

A senior aide said Mr Clarke will focus initially on selling healthcare expertise and hardware to China.

The UK government believes this market could be worth £400bn in the next decade.

The prime minister has asked Mr Clarke to work with UK Trade and Investment and the Foreign Office as part of ongoing efforts to increase UK trade with emerging economies.

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