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1630, Aug 11673, Oct 17
an English statesman who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1672 when he was created Baron Clifford. In April 1660, Clifford was elected Member of Parliament for Totnes in the Convention Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Totnes in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament. He distinguished himself in naval battles, and was knighted. He became Comptroller of the Household in 1666 and a member of the Privy Council. At the end of the Dutch war in 1669 he intrigued against the peace treaty, preferring the French interests. He was one of the five Counsellors who formed the Cabal, though he was probably the least important of them. This clique had a reputation for self-seeking policies. Indeed, Clifford was known as 'the Bribe Master General'.
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