Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg

Massive Bellend "Nick" Clegg is the British Liberal Democrat Leader since 2007 and currently the Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council (with special responsibility for political and constitutional reform) in the coalition government of which David Cameron is the Prime Minister. Clegg has been the Leader of the Liberal Democrats since 2007, and a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Sheffield Hallam since 2005.
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Nick Clegg's loss of Sheffield Hallam seals his rise and fall - The Guardian
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The Guardian Nick Clegg's loss of Sheffield Hallam seals his rise and fall The Guardian When Nick Clegg stood on the stage at Sheffield Hallam on Friday morning and heard the declaration that he had lost his seat by 2,125 votes, he was a long way from the moment of political euphoria that produced “Cleggmania” and caused David Cameron, ... Good riddance, Nick Clegg – you taught a whole generation to be cynical. Corbyn's Labour gave them hope againThe Independent Remainer Nick Clegg loses Sheffield Hallam seat in disaster for ex-Lib Dem leaderExpress.co.uk General Election 2017: Watch the moment Nick Clegg lost his Sheffield Hallam seatBirmingham Mail Mirror.co.uk -Press and Journal -BBC News -Daily Star all 116 news articles »
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General election 2017 live: Theresa May mocks Diane Abbott but WON'T match her pledge of 10000 more police - Mirror.co.uk
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Mirror.co.uk General election 2017 live: Theresa May mocks Diane Abbott but WON'T match her pledge of 10000 more police Mirror.co.uk It's 37 days to the election. Diane Abbott is muddled on police, Theresa May struggled with scrutiny and Nick Clegg is speaking out. Here's all the latest. Share. ByMikey SmithDan Bloom. Updated 19:05, 2 MAY 2017. News. Share. Video thumbnail, LIVE: ... Theresa May: Diane Abbott's police policy gaffes show chaos that would ensue under CorbynEvening Standard Theresa May attacks Diane Abbott over her police policyDaily Mail Car crash interviews, election edition — the hall of infamyFinancial Times Sky News -Irish Independent -LBC all 72 news articles »
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Theresa May sowing seeds of her own downfall with Brexit approach, Nick Clegg warns - The Independent
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The Independent Theresa May sowing seeds of her own downfall with Brexit approach, Nick Clegg warns The Independent Theresa May treated Michael Heseltine like a “two-bit backbencher” and is sowing the seeds of her own downfall in the way she deals with her party, ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has warned. The former Liberal Democrat leader said Tory peer Lord ... Budget bunglers can't handle Brexit as broken promises show why PM can't be trustedMirror.co.uk Lord Heseltine reveals Tory MPs are 'appalled and betrayed' over Theresa May's handling of BrexitEvening Standard Huge number of Tories 'betrayed' by PM's handling of Brexit, says HeseltineBelfast Telegraph ITV News -Huffington Post UK -City A.M. -The Scotsman all 17 news articles »
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Brexit: Nick Clegg to write letter to 500000 people urging them to demand EU citizens' rights guarantee - The Independent
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The Independent Brexit: Nick Clegg to write letter to 500000 people urging them to demand EU citizens' rights guarantee The Independent Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will write to half a million people urging them to send messages to Theresa May, calling for the rights of EU citizens in the UK to be guaranteed. Mr Clegg's letter claims ambiguity around whether EU citizens ... Why listen to a political has-been like Nick Clegg? asks Ross ClarkExpress.co.uk How bad will Brexit be for UK farmers, retailers and consumers?The Guardian Nick Clegg warns of post-Brexit food price hikesBBC News City A.M. -Chicago Tribune -Daily Mail -FarmersWeekly all 59 news articles »
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UK lawmakers press Theresa May to allow a vote on EU strategy
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British lawmakers from across the political spectrum will press their bid to force Prime Minister Theresa May to give parliament a vote on her negotiating strategy for leaving the European Union, saying she had no mandate for a "hard Brexit". As Britain embarks on some of its most complex diplomatic negotiations since World War Two, Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister, said May's plan to invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty by the end of March - triggering the formal Brexit procedure - would hand power to the other 27 EU members. "Whilst the government has a mandate to pull us out of the European Union they don't have a mandate how to do that," Clegg told the BBC's Andrew Marr program on Sunday.
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Only 'tiny handful' of ministers knew of mass surveillance, Clegg reveals - The Guardian
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The Guardian Only 'tiny handful' of ministers knew of mass surveillance, Clegg reveals The Guardian Nick Clegg says the ability of GCHQ 'to hack anything from handsets to whole networks … needs to be much better understood'. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images. Patrick Wintour Political editor. Thursday 5 November 2015 13.45 EST Last modified ... How and why MI5 kept phone data spy programme secretBBC News British Spies Collected Phone Data For 14 YearsTechWeekEurope UK MI5 carried out secret mass surveillance for a decadeArs Technica The New Indian Express -Daily Mail -The Australian all 28 news articles »
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Theresa May faces fight over web browsing access
Guardian (UK) - over 2 years
Labour and Nick Clegg prepare to contest snooper’s charter plan to give intelligence agencies more powers The home secretary, Theresa May, should not seek to give the intelligence agencies full access to an individual’s web browsing history, Labour and the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg are both likely to say when the government publishes its draft investigatory powers bill on Wednesday. Keir Starmer, the former director of public prosecutions and now a shadow Home Office minister, said Labour opposed giving intelligence agencies access to web browsing history since the measure was likely to give the agencies effective access to the content of an individual’s communications. Continue reading...
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Nick Clegg and Miriam dominate the dancefloor as Lib Dems hold a political wake
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 3 years
EXCLUSIVE: Instead of a mournful political wake to grieve for their demise, ousted leader Nick Clegg downed wine, danced to Prince and led a conga of his loyal supporters and aides at a party last night.
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Nick Clegg resigns as Liberal Democrats party leader
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 3 years
The outgoing Deputy Prime Minister said it was 'simply heartbreaking' to see so many Lib Dem MPs ousted by forces beyond their control, as he warned of the dangers of the 'politics of fear'.
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Clegg resigns as Liberal Democrat leader after UK vote plunge
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London (AFP) - The leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg resigned on Friday after his party suffered what he called a "crushing" defeat in a general election.
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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg votes in tight UK election
Reuters.com - almost 3 years
Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg has cast his vote in Britain's closest general election in decades. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg get a pizza makeover
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 3 years
Food artist Prudence Staite immortalised the faces of David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband as well as Nicola Sturgeon and Nigel Farage in pizza, using olives and pepperoni for her portraits.
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 48
    Clegg also confirmed that the government planned to introduce legislation for five-year fixed-term parliaments, with elections to be held on the first Thursday in May of the fifth year after the previous general election, starting with 7 May 2015.
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    He resigned as the leader of the Liberal Democrats after the 2015 general elections.
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    In 2015, he resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats following that year's general election at which his party was decisively defeated and lost 49 MPs, moving from 57 MPs to eight.
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  • 2014
    Age 47
    Following poor results in the 2014 local elections, two parliamentary candidates suggested Clegg should resign.
    In April 2014, Clegg refused to hold an inquiry into what he called the "repugnant" actions of former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith.
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  • 2013
    Age 46
    The party scored their first by-election win of Clegg's leadership at Eastleigh in 2013, with Mike Thornton holding the seat for the Liberal Democrats, despite a 19% swing away from the party.
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  • 2012
    Age 45
    In September 2012, Clegg formally announced that he was "regrettably" withdrawing proposals to reform the Lords in the face of overwhelming opposition from Conservative MPs.
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    On 19 September 2012, Clegg apologised, not for breaking his pledge, but for having "made a promise we weren’t absolutely sure we could deliver".
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    In August 2012, after reform of the House of Lords was abandoned, Clegg said the Conservatives had defied the Coalition agreement by trying to "pick and choose" which items of Government policy they support.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    In June 2011, Clegg proposed that more than 46 million people would be handed shares in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group under the "people's bank" plan.
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    In an interview in April 2011, Clegg stated he dealt with the pressures of political office by reading novels late at night and he "cries regularly to music".
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    In 2011, Clegg spoke out against the practice of parties putting forwards nominees for royal honours in return for campaign contributions.
    Clegg has aimed to modernise the Liberal Democrat Party at the same time as maintaining its traditions of political and philosophical Liberalism. In 2011, he told a party conference that the Liberal Democrats were radical centrist in orientation:
  • 2010
    Age 43
    On 14 October 2010, Clegg delivered a speech at a school in Chesterfield, at which he announced the government's intention to spend £7 billion on a 'fairness premium' designed to see extra support going to the poorest pupils over the course of the parliament.
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    On 16 September 2010, during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United Kingdom, Clegg attended the State reception in the grounds of Holyrood Palace and was introduced to the Pope by Her Majesty the Queen.
    In his 2010 production Dandelion Mind, comedian Bill Bailey sang "Nick Clegg you don't have to wear that dress tonight, walk the streets for money, you don't have to sell your body to the right" to the tune of "Roxanne".
    Five parliamentary by-elections were held during Clegg's leadership prior to the 2010 general election.
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    During an interview on 24 October 2010 with the BBC's Andrew Marr Clegg said that he "regretted" not being able to keep his pre-election policy to scrap tuition fees but claimed that this was a result of the financial situation the country had found itself in.
    On 10 November 2010, as Cameron was making a trade visit to China, Clegg deputised for the third time, meeting Harman across the despatch box.
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    Clegg next stepped in for Prime Minister's Questions on 8 September 2010 following the news that Cameron's father had taken very ill.
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    On 21 July 2010, Clegg became the first Liberal Democrat leader to answer for Prime minister's questions.
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    When he appeared on Desert Island Discs in October 2010, his choice of discs included Johnny Cash, Prince and Radiohead and his luxury was a "stash of cigarettes".
    In May 2010 Downing Street announced that Clegg and the Foreign Secretary William Hague would share use of Chevening, which is typically the official country residence of the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom.
    On 5 July 2010, Clegg unveiled plans to have fewer MPs and to hold a referendum on the voting system so that the next general election would be contested under the Alternative Vote system.
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    Following the announcement, teams of negotiators from both parties formulated what would become the Coalition Agreement which would form the basis of their partnership together. Gordon Brown's resignation on 11 May 2010 meant that Cameron was invited by the Queen to form a government and a coalition with the Liberal Democrats was agreed with Nick Clegg as the Deputy Prime Minister.
    Clegg became Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Lord President of the Council on 11 May 2010 through a coalition with the Conservative Party under Prime Minister David Cameron.
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    After Clegg's performance in the first of three general election debates on 15 April 2010, there was an unprecedented surge of media attention and support for the Liberal Democrats in opinion polls.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    As regards public spending, at the party's 2009 conference in Bournemouth Clegg argued for "savage" spending cuts and said politicians need to treat voters "like grown ups" whilst accusing the Labour and Conservative parties of indulging in "childish games" over the "c-word".
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    At the 2009 party conference in Bournemouth he accused the Conservatives of "simply believing it is their turn" and claimed that come the election the "choice before people is the choice between fake, phoney change from David Cameron's Conservatives, and real change the Liberal Democrats offer".
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    In the Commons Clegg initially concentrated most of his fire on Labour and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, but in the autumn of 2009 began also focusing on Cameron and the Conservatives.
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  • 2008
    Age 41
    In the 2008 London Assembly elections the Liberal Democrats were the only one of the three main parties to see a decrease in their share of the vote, and in the mayoral election the Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick came third again with a decreased share of the vote.
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    In November 2008, Clegg suffered more allegations of difficulties with the front bench following an article in the Daily Mirror which reported that Clegg had criticised senior members of his front bench whilst on a plane journey.
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    The resignations happened not long after the Commons Speaker Michael Martin on 26 February 2008 had blocked calls by the Liberal Democrats for an "in or out" referendum on Britain's EU membership.
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    On 5 March 2008, Clegg suffered a real test following the resignation of three of his front bench team.
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    In March 2008, GQ magazine ran with an interview conducted by Piers Morgan in which Clegg admitted to sleeping with "no more than 30" women.
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    Clegg was appointed to the Privy Council on 30 January 2008 and affirmed his membership on 12 March 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    On Friday 19 October 2007, Clegg launched his bid to become leader of the Liberal Democrats.
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    Eventually on 15 October 2007 Campbell resigned saying that questions about his leadership were "getting in the way of further progress by the party".
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    Clegg caused a degree of controversy when at the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2007 he admitted his leadership ambitions to journalists at a fringe event.
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    In January 2007, Clegg launched the 'We Can Cut Crime!' campaign, "proposing real action at a national level and acting to cut crime where the Liberal Democrats are in power locally".
    In 2007 he was elected Leader of the Liberal Democrats, leading his party into a coalition government with the Conservative Party in 2010.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    After the 2006 leadership election, Clegg was promoted to be Home Affairs spokesperson, replacing Mark Oaten.
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    Following the resignation of Kennedy on 7 January 2006, Clegg was touted as a possible leadership contender.
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  • 2005
    Age 38
    Clegg worked closely with Allan throughout the campaign in Sheffield Hallam – including starring in a local pantomime – and won the seat in the 2005 general election with over 50% of the vote, and a majority of 8,682.
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  • 2004
    Age 37
    In November 2004, then Sheffield Hallam MP Richard Allan announced his intention to stand down from parliament, Clegg was selected as the candidate for Sheffield Hallam constituency.
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    On leaving the European Parliament, Clegg joined political lobbying firm GPlus in April 2004 as a fifth partner: It's especially exciting to be joining GPlus at a time when Brussels is moving more and more to the centre of business concerns.
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    In 2004 Clegg explained to the Select Committee on European Union that the aim of MEPs like himself, who had been active in the debate on the EU's negotiating mandate, was to obtain the right to ratify any major WTO deal entered into by the European Union.
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    He wrote a controversial pamphlet for the Centre for European Reform advocating devolution and evolution of the European Union, and contributed to the 2004 Orange Book, where he offered market liberal solutions for reform of European institutions.
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  • 2002
    Age 35
    Clegg decided to leave Brussels in 2002, arguing in an article in The Guardian newspaper that the battle to persuade the public of the benefits of Europe was being fought at home, not in Brussels.
  • 2001
    Age 34
    Clegg worked extensively during his time as an MEP to support the party in the region, not least in Chesterfield where Paul Holmes was elected as MP in 2001.
  • 2000
    Age 33
    In December 2000, Nick Clegg became the Parliament's Draftsman on a complex new EU telecoms law relating to "local loop unbundling"—opening-up telephone networks across Europe to competition.
    In September 2000, Clegg married Miriam González Durántez, from Valladolid, Spain.
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  • 1999
    Age 32
    On his election in 1999, he was the first Liberal parliamentarian elected in the East Midlands since Ernest Pickering was elected MP for Leicester West in 1931, and was credited with helping to significantly boost the Liberal Democrat poll rating in the region in the six months after his election.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    Clegg was selected as the lead Liberal Democrat euro-candidate for the East Midlands in 1998, and was first tipped as a politician to watch by Paddy Ashdown in 1999.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 26
    He was involved in negotiations with Russia on airline overflight rights, and launched a conference in Tashkent in 1993 that founded TRACECA—an international transport programme for the development of a transport corridor for Europe, the Caucasus and Asia.
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    In 1993, Clegg won the Financial Times' David Thomas Prize, in remembrance of an FT journalist killed on assignment in Kuwait in 1991.
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  • 1992
    Age 25
    Between 1992 and 1993, he was employed by GJW Government Relations Ltd, which lobbied on behalf of Libya.
  • 1989
    Age 22
    Clegg spent the summer of 1989 as an office junior in Postipankki bank in Helsinki.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 19
    Hands noted that "for the avoidance of any doubt, there was only one 'N Clegg' at Robinson College... he is listed in the 'Robinson College Record', under 'Freshmen 1986'.
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    However, Conservative MP Greg Hands has a record of CUCA members for 1986–1987, and Clegg's name appears on the list.
    It has been alleged that Clegg joined the Cambridge University Conservative Association between 1986 and 1987.
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  • 1980
    Age 13
    Clegg was educated at two independent schools: at Caldicott School in Farnham Royal in South Buckinghamshire, where he was joint Head Prefect in 1980, and later at Westminster School in Central London.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Age 0
    Born on January 7, 1967.
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