Ministerial role

Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council

Responsibilities

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

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

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.

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 Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council

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  1. Millions of parents to get help with childcare costs

    • 18 March 2014
    • News story
  2. City Deal marks new era of prosperity for Sunderland

    • 14 March 2014
    • Press release
  3. City Deal to bring UK’s first ever large-scale, low-carbon heat network system to Stoke-on-Trent

    • 13 March 2014
    • Press release
  4. Brighton City Deal to help create "Silicon Beach"

    • 11 March 2014
    • Press release
  5. City Deal to transform Southend-on-Sea into major business centre

    • 10 March 2014
    • Press release
  6. Nick Clegg on International Women's Day 2014

    • 7 March 2014
    • News story
  7. Nick Clegg hosting event for female STEM apprentices

    • 5 March 2014
    • News story
  8. Security and privacy in the internet age

    • 4 March 2014
    • Speech
  9. UK Government welcomes report on the future of devolution in Wales

    • 3 March 2014
    • Press release
  10. Better choices, better prospects: helping young people succeed

    • 27 February 2014
    • Speech

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