Nick Clegg

Biography

Nick Clegg was re-elected MP for Sheffield Hallam in May 2010 with a majority of 15,284 votes.

Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats on 18 December 2007.

After the 2010 general election he took his party into a coalition government with the Conservative party. He became deputy prime minister.

He was born in 1967 and studied at three universities: Cambridge, Minnesota and College D'Europe.

Nick worked as a trainee journalist at the US magazine The Nation and won a national prize for first time writers at the Financial Times. He then worked as a development aid and trade expert in the European Union, including managing aid projects in the poorest parts of the former Soviet Union and overseeing the EU's side in negotiations for China and Russia to join the World Trade Organisation.

He was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 1999, where as Trade and Industry spokesman for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe he led the move to open up the domestic telecoms market, allowing consumers to pick their telephone provider for the first time and advocated trade measures against illegally logged timber. He was a co-founder of the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform, which argued for more transparency and accountability in the European Parliament.

Throughout his time as an MEP, Nick wrote essays on public policy issues including greening the WTO, secondary education policy, and reform of the EU's decision making procedures. For several years he was a columnist for The Guardian Unlimited.

Nick stood down from the European Parliament in 2004 and lectured part time at Sheffield and Cambridge Universities. He was elected as MP for Sheffield Hallam in 2005 with a majority of 8,682. Charles Kennedy appointed him as Europe spokesman, acting as deputy to Sir Menzies Campbell. When Campbell won the 2006 leadership election, he appointed Nick as Shadow Home Secretary.

Nick has spearheaded the Liberal Democrats' defence of civil liberties, proposing a Freedom Bill to repeal unnecessary and illiberal legislation, campaigning against Identity Cards and the retention of innocent people's DNA, and arguing against excessive counter-terrorism legislation. He has campaigned for prison reform, a liberal approach to immigration, and defended the Human Rights Act against ongoing attacks from across the political spectrum.

In January 2007 he launched the Liberal Democrat's We Can Cut Crime campaign, widely welcomed by local campaigners as a new and successful way for the party to campaign effectively on crime.

In 2007 he launched a major anti-crime campaign and survey with Ming Campbell: www.wecancutcrime.com and its sister site www.homeofficewatch.com

Nick is a prolific author, journalist and pamphleteer, and has been a part-time lecturer at Sheffield University and a guest lecturer at Cambridge. A founder of the cross-party Campaign for Parliamentary Reform, Nick is married to Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, a Middle East expert in the Foreign Office, and they have two sons.

Education: MA, Anthropology, Cambridge University (1986-1989). Studied political philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1989-1990). MA, European Affairs, College of Europe, Bruges (1991-1992)

Experience: Journalist and lecturer; political consultant; European Commission official 1994-6; Adviser to Sir Leon Brittan, 1996-9.

Parliamentary experience: 2007 to present: Liberal Democrat leader; 2006 to 2007: Shadow Home Secretary; 2005 to 2006: Shadow spokesperson on Foreign Affairs; 1999 to 2004 Liberal Democrat MEP for the East Midlands.

Interests: Nick is an avid lover of the outdoors, an expert skier and keen mountaineer. He speaks five European languages.

Memberships: Founding member of the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform.

Constituency

Sheffield, Hallam

Twitter

nick_clegg

Constituency Address

Hallam Liberal Democrats 85 Nethergreen Road SHEFFIELD S11 7EH

Constituency Tel

0114 230 9002

Date of Birth

January 7, 1967

Email

libdemleader@parliament.uk

Party

Liberal Democrats

Personal Website

www.nickclegg.com

Westminster Address

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Westminster Tel

0207 219 5090