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Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council

The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Biography

Nick Clegg became Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Privy Council in May 2010. He is the MP for Sheffield Hallam.

Education

Nick did his undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge and holds postgraduate qualifications from the University of Minnesota and the College of Europe in Bruges.

Political career

Nick was elected MEP for the East Midlands in 1999, and was Trade and Industry spokesman for the European Liberal Democrat and Reform group until he stood down in 2004.

He was elected as MP for Sheffield Hallam in 2005, and served as Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Europe and Shadow Home Secretary before becoming Leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2007.

Career outside politics

Before being elected, Nick had spells in journalism, consultancy and university lecturing. He also worked for 5 years at the European Commission, where his role included managing aid projects in Central Asia and trade negotiations with China and Russia.

Personal life

Nick Clegg was born in Buckinghamshire in 1967. He is married to Miriam González Durántez. They have 3 sons.

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    Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council

    The Deputy Prime Minister is the deputy head of the UK government, supporting the Prime Minister on the full range of government policy and initiatives.

    Within government, the Deputy Prime Minister also has responsibility for:

    • implementing the government’s strategy to increase social mobility
    • overseeing the government’s drive to rebalance the economy
    • leading the government’s political and constitutional reform agenda
    • chairing the Home Affairs Committee, co-chairing the Coalition Committee and deputy-chairing the National Security Council
    • building strategic relationships in Europe and across the world

    Policies

    under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP as Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council

    1. Giving more power back to cities through City Deals

      • 12 September 2013
    2. Improving social mobility to create a fairer society

      • 29 April 2013

    Announcements

    by The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

    1. Nick Clegg on same sex marriages taking place from March 2014

      • 10 December 2013
      • News story
    2. Deputy Prime Minister’s message for Human Rights Day 2013

      • 10 December 2013
      • Press release
    3. Nelson Mandela tribute: Nick Clegg

      • 9 December 2013
      • News story
    4. Nick Clegg's statement to the House of Commons on Nelson Mandela

      • 9 December 2013
      • Statement to Parliament
    5. Deputy Prime Minister’s statement on the death of Nelson Mandela

      • 5 December 2013
      • Press release
    6. Nick Clegg announces funding details for free school meals

      • 5 December 2013
      • News story
    7. World AIDS Day 2013: Nick Clegg's message

      • 29 November 2013
      • News story
    8. Government outlines how mums and dads can use new shared parental leave system

      • 29 November 2013
      • Press release
    9. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's 2013 Hanukkah message

      • 27 November 2013
      • News story
    10. Two weeks left to apply for Regional Growth Funding

      • 25 November 2013
      • Press release

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