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'''Sir Nicholas William Peter Clegg was awarded a knighthood in the 2017 New Year Honours list ([https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42514116 BBC]).'''
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Leader of the [[Liberal Democrats]] and rumoured to be a clone of [[Tony Blair]], only with a ''much'' better looking wife (still a lawyer though).
 
  
Currently doing Prime Minister impressions thanks to [[David Cameron]] not getting quite enough seats to form a 100% Tory govt and giving him a job as his stand in.
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== Known For ==
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* Joining the Conservatives in a coalition government with David Cameron as prime minister and Clegg as deputy prime minister.
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* Influencing the [http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/14/contents/enacted Fixed-term Parliaments Act] (2011).
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* The Lib Dems reneged on their promise to oppose increases in tuition fees, a key issue that had won the party support from students.
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* Tuition fees in England rose to £3,000 under Labour before the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition announced in 2010 that the annual fees would treble to £9,000 ([https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19646731 BBC]).
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== Who is he? ==
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* Clegg occupied a post at the European Commission in April 1994, working in the [http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-92-54_en.htm TACIS] aid programme to the former [[Soviet Union]].
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* An MEP from 1999-2004: Clegg was selected in 2004 as the prospective Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Hallam.
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* Starred in Pantomime at Sheffield before winning a seat in the 2005 general election, with over 50% of the vote and a majority of 8,682. Known as a 'panto politician' and 'The Vote Hoover' in less complimentary circles, Nick Clegg rose from 'scarecrow' to leader of the Liberal Democrats (''Telegraph'', May 04 2010).
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* 'Orange Book' Leader of the [[Liberal Democrats]] until 2015 and rumoured to be a clone of [[Tony Blair]], only with a ''much'' better looking wife (still a lawyer though). During the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, Clegg was performing Prime Minister impressions thanks to [[David Cameron]] not getting quite enough seats to form a 100% Tory govt and giving him a job as his stand in until 2015.
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== Political Career and Demise ==
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Clegg served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Hallam from 2005 to 2017 and has been associated with both socially liberal and economically liberal policies. Nobody had a clue who he was until the televised leaders' debates, then everyone caught Blairitis again, but in a much less virulent form. So much less virulent in fact that, despite a surge in Lib Dem support, they actually ''lost'' seats in the 2010 election, gaining just 57. Worse was to come.
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== Clegg the Radical Centrist ==
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''  Our opponents try to divide us with their outdated labels of left and right. But we are not on the left and we are not on the right. We have our own label: Liberal. We are liberals and we own the freehold to the centre ground of British politics. Our politics is the politics of the radical centre'' (Liberal Democrats website, 13 March 2011).
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== Westminster to Facebook ==
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His meteoric fall was unstoppable. During the 2015 election, the party dwindled to just 8 seats, and Clegg was ousted as Deputy Prime Minister, also resigning as the Liberal Party leader. In the 2017 election, Clegg was defeated by Labour's Jarad O'Mara in his own constituency of Sheffield Hallam.
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In late 2018, Clegg was appointed Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications at Facebook, claiming in June 2019 that "Facebook should not be regulated as a traditional media firm" (''[https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/facebook-should-not-be-regulated-as-a-traditional-media-firm-says-clegg-30rqgq5rl The Times]'', June 11, 2019). 
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'''References'''
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Biography: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Nick-Clegg.
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Clegg#cite_note-15 Wikipedia Entry].
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[https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-19646731 Senior Lib Dems apologise over tuition fees pledge](BBC Sept 2012).
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[https://www.facebook.com/nickclegg/posts/10156177890729092?__tn__=-R Facebook].
  
Nobody had a clue who he was until the televised leaders' debates, then everyone caught Blairitis again, but in a much less virulent form. So much less virulent in fact that, despite a surge in Lib Dem support, they actually ''lost'' seats in the 2010 election.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 19:39, 11 June 2019

Sir Nicholas William Peter Clegg was awarded a knighthood in the 2017 New Year Honours list (BBC).

nick-clegg-on-phone.png
"Nick, it's Dave. I'm supposed to be opening some primary school in Wales; can't be arsed. Nip down there and stand in for me would you? There's a biscuit in it for you."

Known For

  • Joining the Conservatives in a coalition government with David Cameron as prime minister and Clegg as deputy prime minister.
  • The Lib Dems reneged on their promise to oppose increases in tuition fees, a key issue that had won the party support from students.
  • Tuition fees in England rose to £3,000 under Labour before the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition announced in 2010 that the annual fees would treble to £9,000 (BBC).

Who is he?

  • Clegg occupied a post at the European Commission in April 1994, working in the TACIS aid programme to the former Soviet Union.
  • An MEP from 1999-2004: Clegg was selected in 2004 as the prospective Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Hallam.
  • Starred in Pantomime at Sheffield before winning a seat in the 2005 general election, with over 50% of the vote and a majority of 8,682. Known as a 'panto politician' and 'The Vote Hoover' in less complimentary circles, Nick Clegg rose from 'scarecrow' to leader of the Liberal Democrats (Telegraph, May 04 2010).
  • 'Orange Book' Leader of the Liberal Democrats until 2015 and rumoured to be a clone of Tony Blair, only with a much better looking wife (still a lawyer though). During the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, Clegg was performing Prime Minister impressions thanks to David Cameron not getting quite enough seats to form a 100% Tory govt and giving him a job as his stand in until 2015.

Political Career and Demise

Clegg served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Hallam from 2005 to 2017 and has been associated with both socially liberal and economically liberal policies. Nobody had a clue who he was until the televised leaders' debates, then everyone caught Blairitis again, but in a much less virulent form. So much less virulent in fact that, despite a surge in Lib Dem support, they actually lost seats in the 2010 election, gaining just 57. Worse was to come.

Clegg the Radical Centrist

Quote: Our opponents try to divide us with their outdated labels of left and right. But we are not on the left and we are not on the right. We have our own label: Liberal. We are liberals and we own the freehold to the centre ground of British politics. Our politics is the politics of the radical centre (Liberal Democrats website, 13 March 2011).

Westminster to Facebook

His meteoric fall was unstoppable. During the 2015 election, the party dwindled to just 8 seats, and Clegg was ousted as Deputy Prime Minister, also resigning as the Liberal Party leader. In the 2017 election, Clegg was defeated by Labour's Jarad O'Mara in his own constituency of Sheffield Hallam.

In late 2018, Clegg was appointed Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications at Facebook, claiming in June 2019 that "Facebook should not be regulated as a traditional media firm" (The Times, June 11, 2019).




References


Biography: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Nick-Clegg.

Wikipedia Entry.

Senior Lib Dems apologise over tuition fees pledge(BBC Sept 2012).

Facebook.