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Clegg, Nick (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

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Introduction

Nick Clegg succeeded Sir Menzies Campbell as leader of the Liberal Democrats in Dec. 2007. Clegg had served as an MEP for 5 years and as an MP for two, and was widely seen as representing a new generation. He identified his priorities as defending civil liberties, democratizing public services and safeguarding the environment. In the 2010 general election Clegg’s public profile was raised in a series of televised leader debates in which he was credited with outperforming his rival candidates at times but this success failed to translate into increased parliamentary representation. With the absence of a majority for any of the parties, Clegg entered coalition negotiations with the Conservatives and on 11 May a joint government was announced with David Cameron as prime minister and Clegg as deputy prime minister.

Early Life

Nicholas William Peter Clegg was born on 7 Jan. 1967 in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, to a Dutch mother and half-Russian father. Brought up...

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