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Nick Clegg

UK

Liberal Democrat politician and former deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Leader of the Liberal Democrats 2007 - 2015

Former adviser to European Union commissioner Sir Leon Brittan

Nick Clegg is a Liberal Democrat politician and former deputy prime-minister of the United Kingdom.

In 1994, having briefly tried his hand at journalism writing for the Financial Times, Clegg became an official at the European Commission in Brussels, where he progressed to become adviser to Sir Leon Brittan a European Union (EU) commissioner and a cabinet minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.

n 1999 Nick was elected Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands – the first liberal Parliamentarian in the whole region since the 1930s. As an MEP, he co-founded the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform, which led calls for reforms to expenses, transparency and accountability in the European Parliament. He was also the Trade and Industry Spokesman for the Liberal group of MEPs and piloted a radical new law breaking up telecoms monopolies.

Nick was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats in December 2007. Following the election in 2010, Nick took the party into government as part of the first Coalition in the UK since the Second World War, where he put numerous Liberal Democrat policies into practice such as the £800 income tax cut, the £2.5b pupil premium, legislating for gay marriage, and introducing shared parental leave.

Nick stood down as leader in 2015, after which Tim Farron was elected.

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